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The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University won a competitive grant from the Online News Association (ONA) to use innovative technology to tell real news stories. Our machinima production team was an interdisciplinary team of 12 Kennesaw State University student interns supervised by Professor Leonard Witt, Executive Director of CSJ, and mentored by Metaverse strategist and virtual world developer Gwenette Writer Sinclair from VirtualDev Studio. The interns were all novices in virtual worlds, with no previous experience in machinima video production.
Released October 22, 2015! THE KID, THE COP, THE PUNCH, our project’s proof-of-concept machinima, tells the real story of a young 12 year old boy’s encounter with a policeman in his Chicago circa 1990 neighborhood. Read press release here.
Our project’s main machinima production, CHRISTOPHER: A CHILD ABANDONED, DEPRIVED & IMPRISONED, completed in December 2015, documents the pivotal incident in a young boy’s life in 1999 which sent him to prison for 40 years.
In 1999 Chris was 14 … DO YOU THINK CHRIS IS STILL IN PRISON?
The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University won a competitive grant from the Online News Association (ONA) to use innovative technology to tell real news stories. This mini-documentary – filmed and produced by the interns in a virtual world they developed – is based on their meticulously researched, 8000 word investigative story about Christopher Thomas and his experience in the juvenile justice system. Their research included live interviews with Thomas and his current lawyer.