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Taxi Trade: driving a cab to get back on the market…produced, filmed and edited by Tim Verheyden

NYC, night time. We are in the cab of former Wall Street trader Scott Curtis. Curtis always rides his cab at night because he makes more money then. Curtis talks about his life on Wall Street and explains why he chooses to ride a cab: he wants to promote himself. In his cab he hangs a sign where he talks about himself, how he lost his job on Wall Street. He hopes some big shot from Wall Street will get in in his car and offers him a job. It is already 8 months since he started doing this job and so far nobody has offered him a job.

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A Comic Shop Where Everyone Knows Your Name by Lisha Arino

Bulletproof Comics has been giving Brooklyn comic book geeks their fix since 1992. Find out why the employees and regulars think the store is so special and see what Bulletproof is like on ones of its busiest days.

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The Ink on the Paper: A Letterpress Printer Thrives in a Digital World by Patrick Wall

Earl Kallemeyn insists that he is not an artist or an engineer. He’s just the person who puts the ink on the paper. To do this, he uses a 500-year-old printing technique called letterpress. With decades of experience, he attracts big name clients, such as Ralph Lauren, Jamie Dimon and Lady Gaga.

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Ninja Kids: A Parkour Crew in the Heights by Vincent Trivett


Rather than sitting at home playing video games, some young people in Washington Heights are learning to do the same acrobatics that video game characters do. Parkour is more than just a sport, it’s a way of relating to your environment.

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A Tea Ceremony by Cheryl Chan

Do not call Michael Wong of The Tea Gallery a tea “master.” He prefers the term “tea evangelizer,” and views his role as a “cultural ambassador.”

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Chileans Demanding Dignified, Free Education In Mass Marches by Nathan Frandino

While 17-year-old Matias Cartenas may attend Liceo del Aplicación, one of the most prestigious high schools in Chile, he does not let that fact deter him from speaking up on behalf of others. Cartenas is one of many high school students protesting for national education reform. For more than seven months, students have occupied their campuses, led countrywide strikes and marched through Santiago in crowds as big as 100,000.

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Work Space: The new cubicle for the Internet generation by Ian Thomas

Where do you work?

For a new generation of workers that have been empowered by the Internet, the home or a café has become the new office.

But unless you count your cat, that space lacks the community element that helps push great ideas along.

Now there’s a new space for a new worker.

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City Limits Oasis by Kevin Sheehan

A relative newcomer to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, Peter Colen first came to the park after the recent battle with the city over the slaughter of geese in Prospect Park. A few trips to Jamaica Bay checking on geese populations convinced Mr. Colen that the park is both a refuge for birds as well as humans looking to escape the high pressure of urban living.

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Channon Hodge – Indian Performance

Anamika Navatman is a South Asian performing arts project just opened this year. It aims to offer a diverse array of Indian dance and music instruction and bridge the divides of Indian culture. It’s not just Banghra.

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Drop the Needle by Paul Pederson


Record companies are dying! The internet killed music! But not everybody is feeling the squeeze: for the third straight year, vinyl sales have increased. Don’t call it a comeback. BrooklynPhono is a record pressing plant in Sunset Park.

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The Lone Guitar-Maker of Red Hook, Brooklyn by Nida Najar


Matt Rubendall always loved to build things, even as a child growing up in a small town in northern Indiana. For college, he went to one of the biggest engineering schools in the country, Purdue, but he studied studio art. While at Purdue, he became disaffected with the life of an artist-in-training, and decided to drop out and perfect the art of guitar-making, also called luthiery.

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Willets Point – Dan Rosenblum


For people who need to fix their cars or sell scrap metal, Willets Point is the place to go. Sitting in the shadow of Citi Field, it is remarkable for its lack of sewers and paved roads.

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The Show Must Go On: The Story of Snookie Lanore by Zachary Kussin

Snookie hosts balls, but not like the ones your grandparents attend. His feature drag runway walk-offs and vogue dance battles. These events remain a staple in queer communities of color and give participants safe places to express themselves.

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Halloween Goes to the Dogs in Fort Green by Ian Chant


Just a few of the over 60 contestants in this years Great Pupkin event. The 12th dog Halloween Costume Contest had to reschedule following a freak October snowstorm – the earliest in TK years – that closed Fort Greene Park.

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Assignments

Final Cut of 1-3 minutes  due in class Wednesday, November, 23, 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 five written journalistic elements 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)