By Stephanie J. Montoya
David Lindblom’s TV production class is a favorite among students at Northern New Mexico College.
Twice a week, students meet in the College’s TV studio, surrounded by spotlights and green screens, to pitch their ideas and learn a thing or two about the exciting world of media production.
There is more to the curriculum, however than just shooting and editing. This semester, Lindblom’s students have come together in service to the community to raise awareness about adult literacy programs in northern New Mexico.
The class has put their sound editing skills to the test by writing and preparing a radio PSA for the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program.
“My father couldn’t read or write, so for me, it is so great to be able to give back like this,” production student Tumari Kaur said about the project.
One in three people in Rio Arriba county struggles with illiteracy, a barrier that makes completing job applications and other routine tasks difficult.
This is not the first time Lindblom and his students have come together for a cause. Since 2011, Lindblom has worked with Healing Voices–Personal Stories, a Santa Fe-based non-profit that produces short documentaries about domestic
violence survivors and distributes them nationwide. The films have been featured in the Golden Door, Bolder Life and Phoenix film festivals.
Northern students assisted in the production of the film Cheyenne’s Story. FDMA major Stephanie Martinez worked as a production assistant on the shoot and her still photography backdrop was used in the film. Along with another FDMA major, Luis Rael, she cleverly recreated the persona of the perpetrator and took stills depicting him.
“The project provided real world professional experience for Northern students and gave them a voice in this important national conversation,” Lindblom said.
Lindblom says he hopes to undertake more service learning projects like these in the future for the benefit of his students and the community.