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Students Get Real-World Film Experience Telling Untold Tales of WW II

Newhouse Impact: Showcasing the research and creative activity of faculty and students at the Newhouse School

We’ve all seen a history documentary and become invested in the narrative that can seem as though it's from an intangible, distant time. The World War ll Foundation, in particular, produces documentaries displaying untold stories. They also partner with PBS, which invites students from various universities to join in on these discoveries and productions. ... and one of them is Syracuse University.

Newhouse Professor Shaina Holmes and Newhouse Television-Radio-Film students Jada Marie Knight and Lyss Christine Hollenbeck immersed themselves in a World War II documentary by traveling internationally for production.

They discovered that although watching these narratives in documentary form is enriching, being there was a priceless experience – from walking through historic European sites to interacting with the culture and with locals. By traveling to Europe, they were able to experience a whole new immersion beyond the screen and reflect on history in a way they couldn’t inside of a classroom.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.
Hector Perez assists WAER on research, preparation, audio editing, writing and post-production on various podcasts and news content.