Tuesday, December 20, 2016

SPOT 127 Expands into the East Valley

SPOT 127 logo. Image of headphones serves as the "o" in spot

After the success of the original SPOT 127 location in the West Valley, a new location is slated to open in January 2017 in the East Valley.

SPOT 127 is KJZZ's youth media center. SPOT 127 empowers teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through photo, audio and video storytelling.  SPOT 127 offers free programs -- during and after school -- in multimedia production for at-risk and low-income high school students in the Phoenix area. Students are instructed by industry professionals, including KJZZ reporters.

The opening of the new location will allow students from the East Valley to experience a new type of education they may not have had access to before. They'll learn production techniques, journalistic standards, video editing and production -- even graphic design.

This year SPOT 127 students won two Student Production Awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Students won in the High School Public Service and High School Student - Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs categories. 
Nominees worked individually and in teams to create engaging multimedia material highlighting issues important to youth in the valley, as well as serious social causes such as human trafficking.

SPOT 127 was created through the collaboration of Friends of Public Radio Arizona, a 501(c)(3) organization, Rio Salado College and KJZZ 91.5 FM. The Maryvale center opened in 2012, but the program's roots reach back to 2007, when KJZZ piloted its Teen Radio Project. The Teen Radio program sent skilled journalists into local high schools to work with at-risk students.

SPOT 127 East will be opening up Jan. 19, 2017 at Rio Salado’s Southern Campus, 3320 S Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282.