Three documentaries produced by Ithaca College students will air on WCNY on Sunday, November 17, at 10 p.m. Each of the documentaries were produced in a nonfiction production course in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
“Echoes of Jubilee,” produced by Shinice Ford ’19, Shyala Jayasinghe ’20 and Alfio Vasta ’20, highlights the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, an Ithaca singing group dedicated to the preservation of “negro spirituals.” “Heart of Gold,” produced by Connor Duffy ’20, Ella Krings ’21, Julia Rongo ’20 and William Streleckis ’21, follows a family fighting against gun violence in their community. “Called to Serve,” produced by Sierra Baker ’21, Rachael Geary ’21 and Hank Huhnke ’21, focuses on a pastor struggling to lead his new congregation.
Associate professor John Scott, who teaches the nonfiction production course, said that the work his students produce is audience-ready. “It’s thoughtful, it’s well produced, and I think audiences outside the school who watch it can really get to know something particular and dynamic that they otherwise would not have known about,” he said. “This broadcast is another way to tell the story of the high-quality work that they are making.
In addition to airing on WCNY, the documentaries were also screened at Ithaca College on October 30 at an event hosted by student organization IC Docs. The event also included a performance from the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, who are led by IC associate professor Baruch Whitehead. “Echoes of Jubilee” contains an interview with the group’s namesake, civil rights leader and longtime Ithaca resident Dorothy Cotton, conducted shortly before she passed away in June 2018.