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Practicum: Black in Appalachia

Practicum Type

Virtual or In Person

Semester, Number of Students

Ongoing, single student


Online or In Person
East Tennessee PBS
1611 East Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917


William Isom II –, 423-277-7162

Work Site

East Tennessee PBS is a non-profit, public television station located in East Knoxville. This fully equipped media station contains a production studio, editing suites and a podcast studio. There is an additional Field Office in Whitesburg, rural Hamblen County.

Student Tasks

Practicum student would work to catalogue, clean-up and upload varied historic materials gathered from residents and regional institutions related to Black history. Utilizing the Omeka platform, items are then made available to the general public. There may be some opportunities for engagement and field work with residents in East Tennessee, Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.

Type of mentoring provided to student

Mentoring provided will include familiarity with, context and scope of specific, project-related Black communities in the region, as well as community-led interpretation of materials and narratives. Additional mentoring will include file management, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat techniques.

Level of interaction the student will have with others in the organization

Largely dependent on current community health needs and pandemic requirements, student should be able to work remotely with weekly check-in’s in person or via Zoom. Student can also choose to work and utilize office spaces at our Knoxville studio and Whitesburg Field Office.

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