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The Behind-the-Scene video was produced by 2019 Lens Collective Interns: Lauren Abel, Sanders Edmonson,
Je'Von Franklin, Ty Reyes, and Lydazja Turner

2019 Participating Universities 

University of Mississippi's
School of Journalism
& New Media hosting:
Alcorn State University
Ball State University
Hampton University
Middle Tennessee State University
Ohio University
Penn State University
Delta Center for Culture & Learning


What is Lens Collective?

An in-depth multimedia workshop that focuses on cultural preservation through digital storytelling. Students document for a day and spend the next day editing and producing content. This year our theme is covering THE LAND, and is being held at University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi from October 23-26, 2019 - THE LAND THROUGH OUR LENS. All presentations are free and open to the public. 

If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Sarah Griffith at 662-915-7146 or via email at slgriff@olemiss.eduPlease request accommodations by October 20 to allow for arrangements to be made.


We need to share some history and give credit where credit is due. Ohio University's School of Visual Communication created a one-day project called “Dawn to Dusk” where students photographed and designed a special section in the local paper. Students photographed a topic for a day, then edited for a day and produced the publication. Several years ago, Ohio University alumna Cheryl Hatch, then a journalism professor at Allegheny College, incorporated the “Dawn to Dusk” format into her “Journalism in the Public Interest” workshop at Allegheny College. 

Steele incorporated this format and added dimension to the format by adding two community engagement programs: a guided Mississippi Delta bus tour given by Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University led by Rolando Herts, Ph.D. and his staff. The tour helps give a deeper understanding of sense of place. Additionally, we added dinner with those being documented for stories, to create even more community engagement and dialogue. Dinner is sponsored by Delta Center for Culture and Learning. We know that people often bond over food and we wanted to highlight Cleveland restaurant
Senator's Place, owned by Mississippi Senator Willie Simmons. We believe this addition sets our workshop apart from others, and creates more cultural heritage experiences. 

If you would like to learn more about that workshop or process, please contact organizer Alysia Steele at



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