East Tennessee PBS’ “Black in Appalachia” initiative is an on-going collaboration between residents, community organizations, public media outlets and Universities. The goal of this project is to document and preserve the history, culture and contributions of African Americans to the development of Central Appalachia.
East Tennessee PBS is a non-profit viewer-supported television station and PBS member station. We provide lifelong learning opportunities to more than 1 million viewers in East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. We achieve this by broadcasting non-violent, commercial-free children’s series; instructional programs; and primetime shows that educate, entertain, inform and inspire.
Tasks the student would be expected to perform:
Through a Black in Appalachia Practicum, students would provide support in digitizing historic materials, cataloging and organizing the public, on-line archive collections.
That work includes active engagement with contributing community members and partnering organizations, assisting with call for materials events and presenting back to community members a final product.
Currently, projects exist in; Greeneville, Elizabethton and Morristown, Tennessee, as well as in Lee County, Virginia.
Most work can be conducted remotely, though some travel to project areas will be required.
Type of mentoring provided to the student:
William Isom II, project coordinator, will work closely with student to help instill our community engagement values and how to make available a useful and available public product.
Introductions to key community & organizational members, development of a work plan, timeline and training with technical aspects will also occur through this practicum.
Level of interaction the student will have with others in the organization:
Project Coordinator will be the primary East Tennessee PBS contact through the duration of practicum. Student interactions with residents and partnering organizations will occur at a more regular rate than with additional East Tennessee PBS staff. There may be opportunities to present student project to organizational board members, if scheduling permits.
Is this a reoccuring position?
In which semester(s) is this position available?