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OLD_New York Stories of Amazing People, Spring 2012




Experience Over Statistics – By Nabil Rahman

McSherry is the poster child of Lehman High School. To the students of the Bronx high school, McSherry is an example of someone who made it out of the streets.

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Getting Lite under New York City — by Kenneth Christensen

The Story of a Bronx Dancer: Andrew Saunders, aka Goofy, dances on trains to avoid the pitfalls of growing up in the Bronx. His mom is his motivation.

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Occupy Wall Street: Bringing Mindfulness to the Movement – by Jenny Marc

Trying to foster mindfulness among Occupiers leads meditation expert Caroline Contillo to reconsider her own views on political activism.

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New York Fairytale – British actress struggling to get an artist visa to work in the US – by Natalia V. Osipova

UK-born Anisha Dadia came to the U.S. in 2010 aspiring to become an actress. A year after graduation from the acting school, Anisha’s life is split between auditions and babysitting in support of her New York fairytale. She has only two months to find how to keep it until her visa expires.

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Live to Bike – Bike to Live By Daniel Prendergast

Despite danger and little pay, a New York City bicycle courier explains why he loves his job.

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The Path of Daniel Roman, Golf Ball Picker –by Peter Moskowitz

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w/ camera help from Mary Shell
Daniel Roman has been working as a golf ball picker and maintenance man at the Randall’s Island Driving Range for 10 years. He could’ve chosen a different path, like his jailed brother, but instead he drives around, picking up balls to earn a living.

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Split – A young actress between dreams and part-time jobs – by Claudia Bracholdt

Anisha Dadia came to New York from the UK two years ago to pursue an acting career. Now, she struggles with her dream, switching back and forth between student film auditioning and babysitting. She has to prove herself good enough to receive an artist visa or she will have to leave the U.S.

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An Occupier Brings Mindfulness to the Movement by Jackie Snow

Caroline Contillo brings her Buddhist meditation practice to Occupy Wall Street Meetings.
Shot by Jackie Snow and Jenny Marc
Edited and Produced by Jackie Snow

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A Tomcat Among Cyclists, An Alley Cat Racer in New York City, By Christine Streich

A young and adventurous “alley cat” bicyclist speaks about his experiences riding and racing around New York City. He takes us around the city and through the year’s biggest race for bicycle couriers: Monster Track.

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10 Years at the Driving Range by Mary Shell

Back in high school, you may have thought about working at the driving range as a summer job. For some people, it’s much more – a full time job and even a career.

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Shared Sacrifice – By Alex Robinson

James McSherry has taught at Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx since 1991. The school has been slated to close and re-open with half of the staff. Determined to make sure this does not happen, students, parents and teachers staged a demonstration at a hearing on March 7th, 2012.

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Hittin’ Trains: A New York Subway Dancer’s Story By Anika Anand

Andrew Saunders, an 18-year-old from the Bronx, stays out of trouble by spending most of his time dancing on subway trains.

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Assignments

Final Cut of 1-3 minutes  due in class Wednesday, October, 26, 2011

Requirements for Written Journalism and  Delivery of each project:

Each final project will be posted on Vimeo on or before the deadline. Remember it takes time to upload and for Vimeo to process you video, depending on the time of day, the traffic at Vimeo and the speed of your connection. This process might take  several hours. If I log on at the deadline and I can’t watch your video, for whatever reason, I’ll consider it a missed deadline and you’ll be automatically dropped a grade to start.

Each piece must be accompanied by the following six written journalistic elements, all of which must be posted to Vimeo with your video:

- a 240 character description of the story. (For use in TubeMogel)
- a longer 250 word description of the story
- a compelling headline and subhead that  are SEO optimized plus at least 5 tags
- a word for word accurate transcript of the final piece
- at least three suitable links to the subject, story or theme from other sources
- a short behind-the-scenes story about how you found the character, something interesting that happened that’s not in the final piece, why you created this story, etc (great for blogging)