Media Sandbox: Come Play

Posted on: November 16, 2012

Student networking event on Wed., Nov. 14 in the new Media Sandbox Space in Hubbard Hall's basement

Student networking event on Wed., Nov. 14 in the new Media Sandbox Space in Hubbard Hall's basement

In its second official year, there has been a lot going on in the Media Sandbox. For those of you who aren’t aware, the Media Sandbox is a cross-disciplinary creative collaboration of curriculum and community among our advertising, journalism and telecommunication students. The number of students enrolled in the Sandbox more than doubled in its second academic year, and students are thrilled with the hands-on experience that they’re exposed to early in their college careers.
Last spring, our students competed to create multimedia campaigns to help promote the Media Sandbox to high school students. This fall, we’re ramping up those efforts. The Media Sandbox has a great social media presence; we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The NEW Media Sandbox website will be publicly launched next week as well, so keep an eye out for it to go live. See below for a sneak peak of the new look.
Sandbox faculty and student interns are currently planning a Pinterest competition for high school students interested in pursuing a career in digital media arts. High school students in the United States can enter the Pinterest competition by submitting their own creative work in the categories of photography, writing, graphic and web design, video and film, and animation and game design. Winners will earn some great prizes; learn more here.
We also just opened our multi-purpose creative space in Hubbard Hall on the east side of campus for Media Sandbox and other creative students to come together, including WDBM-FM Impact Radio. The space features a stage and great tech equipment, including a projector and audio features. A big thank you to the Provost's office for the renovations which provide CAS with additional space for creative collaboration. On Wednesday night, students came together from the Media Sandbox and other colleges on campus to get to know one another over pizza, improv games and fun. The space will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.
And this afternoon, the Media Sandbox will host advertising alumnus and superstar Michael Sheldon in CAS room 147 where he will be talking to our students about his fantastic career in advertising. Many people know Mike for his great work in the all-famous 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, “The Force.” Michael is the CEO of Duetsch LA and with some impressive clients like HTC, PNC, Sony PlayStation, GoDaddy, Snapple and Diamond Foods. Let's give Michael a warm welcome back to campus; we anticipate a full house this afternoon at 2:30.
New website screen grab

Here's a preview of the new Media Sandbox website

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