Aashish Kumar, associate professor of radio, television, film in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation in support of a media project that will help community-based organizations with their communication needs.
The project is slated to run from September to December this year, and aims to provide training and support for electronic media production and access so community-based organizations with limited means can better manage their information and communication needs. Training will be provided to about 10 to 12 nonprofit community groups through a series of workshops conducted over two days by Hofstra University faculty and students from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. The projects will then be developed at each nonprofit site using a participatory media methodology over the course of six months to a year. During this phase, graduate students under faculty supervision will assist community organizations in reaching “media milestones” conceived during the initial training workshops and provide a window of support until the community partners can successfully implement their media project themselves.
The project was initiated by Professor Kumar, with the support of Professor Mario Murillo, chair of the radio, television, film department, and Professor Jeff Morosoff of the department of journalism, media studies, and public relations.