Digital Media Training Program Director Melvin McCray and Youth Empowerment Television reporter Nathalie Cabrera on the set of WNET Channel 13's public affairs show, MetroFocus.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Melvin McCray, Director of the Digital Media Training Program, and student Nathalie Cabrera appeared on the public affairs program MetroFocus. The program airs weekly on WNET and WLIW, and the segment was hosted by Jack Ford. McCray has been teaching the free after-school journalism program to high school students in Harlem for the past three years at My Image Studios, the Riverside Church and currently at the A. Phillip Randolph Campus High School. McCray hopes this is the beginning of a collaboration with WNET and the Digital Media Training Program resulting in student news stories being broadcast on the public television program. He has created an initiative called Youth Empowerment Television, a vehicle to teach broadcast journalism and get students to engage with their communities by working on stories that they are passionate about. The story featured on the program focuses on the Nigerian girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group. Cabrera is one of several of McCray's students who worked on the project. MetroFocus aired the four and a half minute story and afterwards McCray and Cabrera discussed the story and the journalism program at the WNET Tish Studio at Lincoln Center.
Digital Media Training Program Director Melvin McCray, Youth Empowerment Television Reporter Nathlie Cabrera and the host of MetroFocus, Jack Ford.