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Hello, and welcome back to school! During the summer lull, the TVT board has been hard at work, and making a few

 exciting changes for this year.

First, we worked with RMU faculty to broaden the scope of our organization to be more inclusive of all areas of the expanding Converged Media Arts. 

Our organization's primary goal has not changed: to provide a forum where those who teach these subjects at the secondary level can network and exchange resources, information, and expertise. Now, we welcome and support teachers from a wider variety of Media-related backgrounds: Media Arts, Television Production, Video, Film, Filmmaking, Newspaper, Communications, Visual Communications, Photography, Graphic Design, and Journalism.

To reflect these changes, we have renamed the organization as the Digital Media Arts Consortium (DMAC).

Second, please welcome DMAC's new coordinator, Elizabeth Speed. Elizabeth is an Emmy-award winning producer with a resume that includes international video production work including broadcast television, corporate video work, web-based media, and magazine writing and editing. She graduated from a local high school, and credits one of the founders of this very program with starting her on this career track.

With these changes, we want to add more value for you, and we'll continue our annual sessions:

At the Fall Teachers Conference, (held on Thursday, November 19, 2015) teachers attend workshops and roundtables on topics selected by the membership. Our goal is to keep Media Arts teachers up-to-date on emerging issues and technologies, and also establish the standards for the spring student competition. Make plans now to join us November 19, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Robert 

Morris University's Sewell Center.

Even if you miss the Fall Conference, students from DMAC member schools are invited to enter into the 2016 Student Festival. This year, we will offer a broad array of 

nineteen categories to showcase your students' best work. Entries that demonstrate a high level of achievement are honored with an Award of Excellence. Plus, every entry receives impartial feedback from judges. Submission deadlines will be in early March 2016.

At the DMAC Student Video Festival (held on Thursday, April 7, 2016) more than 500 local media students and their teachers gather at Robert Morris University to view the winning entries. Interacting with other students and seeing clips from productions from all over the region will give your students a chance to compare their skills and achievements to peers while providing ideas for upcoming shows and projects.

We'll continue to honor a graduating senior from each member's school with a Founders Award. For consideration, students must submit a short reel of their work and a recommendation from a DMAC member.

All these events happen because the volunteers who comprise the DMAC membership plan, organize, and run them. Members are encouraged to join our monthly Google Hangout meetings to offer input as we collaborate to offer these events. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

We hope that you will choose to join us!


Elizabeth Speed on behalf of the DMAC Board