Students from Ithaca College's Park School of Communications will head to Washington, DC this weekend to cover 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for NBC Nightly News, Weekend Edition, with Lester Holt. James A. Rada, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, will accompany the students as they interview participants and gather footage of the day's events at the Lincoln Memorial this Saturday, August 24. The students' work will air as part of NBC's Saturday evening newscast and will also be available through the NBC News website.

Rada will then return to D.C. with another group of students from the Park School on Wednesday August 28, for a second round of coverage of The March on Washington Commemorative events. This time, Rada and the IC News Crew will be covering the events for PBS Newshour online. Students work will be packaged and uploaded to the PBS website at a later date. August 28 is the actual 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington. President Obama is scheduled to appear along with former Presidents Clinton and Carter.


James A. Rada, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, has had his documentary Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March on Washington picked up for broadcast by several PBS affiliates nationwide. The hour-long program profiles 28 people who participated in The March on Washington on August 28, 1963. Locally, the program will air on WSKG on Friday August 30 at 10 p.m. In addition, PBS will stream the program online on the actual anniversary of the March – Wednesday August 28. More information is available at:

The Roy H. Park School of Communications will host a screening of the Rada's film on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Park Hall Auditorium. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Rada and a group of students who participated in the March on Washington project.


ITHACA, NY—A documentary produced by an Ithaca College faculty member will be aired on public television stations as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In addition, 18 Ithaca College students will conduct on-site interviews in...


Communication is often taken for granted, but it is what 13-year-old Alexis Runyan and four-year-old Oliver Chatterjee struggle with every day. Both children are nonverbal and cannot sign with their hands due to disorders that create a lack of muscle control.

The documentary Expressions of Hope gives a voice to these two children struggling to find their own. The film follows the children as they learn how to use various forms of assistive technology and modes of communication, and features the amazing work of Tina Caswell, clinical instructor, and her students at Ithaca College's Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Screening: Expressions of Hope
Monday, April 15
5 p.m.
Textor 101


Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was invited to write the catalog essay for the 32nd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival.

Her essay, "Moana: Robert Flaherty, Frances Flaherty, and Documentary Fantasies," analyzes the history of Flaherty's 1926 film Moana, shot in Samoa. The docudrama prompted British producer and critic John Grierson to coin the term "documentary." This rarely seen film raises significant issues about fantasies of uncontaminated paradises and the ethics of documentary representation. Later, in the 1970s, Flaherty's daughter Monica and direct cinema legend Richard Leacock added new sound to the film, further complicating its history.


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