Globesville: Stay Connected

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Who wouldn’t love a class that is a student run online channel? This unique class is known as, “Globesville.” It’s a fairly new addition to NYIT, starting in 2012. Globesville is a class and also a digital media community built on student creativity and dedication. This class isn’t run like a normal one, instead, it is run more like a business. Globesville allows current student-produced work to be showcased through its channel and a variety of social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (to name a few). The organization consists of professors, graduate assistants, undergraduate, and graduate students, working to create a vast global online community.

A new member to the staff of Globesville is Kevin Horton. Kevin is someone who really needs no introduction to NYIT. He is a 1991 graduate of NYIT with a degree in Communication Arts, concentrating on journalism. He was Editor in Chief of, “The Campus Slate,” for three years under then faculty advisor and now NYIT president Edward Guiliano. Horton was brought onto the Globesville staff to add more of a journalistic view to the class by his friend, Don Fizzinoglia, the channel’s founder who is also the chair of the Communication Arts department.

After college Kevin was very successful, with the help of his mom he started a weekly paper called the, “Gold Coast Gazette,” covering the North Shore of Long Island. “The paper is still going strong,” says Horton. Two years ago Kevin also started a successful production company, known as, “Gold Coast Productions.” The company does various video productions serving clients such as, “YMCA of Long Island, Subaru, and the Greenvale School.” Kevin didn’t just stop at the Gazette and production company; he even had his own cablevision TV show known as, “Kevin’s Corner.”

Kevin has been a huge addition to Globesville; he uses his knowledge to help students spin stories from different angles and uses his experiences to teach everyone in the class new things. “He is very nice and has been a great addition to the Globesville team,” says undergraduate student Grace Nardi. He works with students on doing stories for traditional news packages and anchoring news shows on the Education Hall set.  “Kevin is one of my predecessors at the Slate and I enjoy the opportunities I get to work with him,” says graduate assistant and former Campus Slate editor John Santamaria. “I’m glad to see him part of the Globesville team since he brings a lot knowledge and experience that will help up and coming journalists.”

The newest form of social media introduced this year is, “Glocal Minute” which is a quick 60-second journalistic video. Each student is to submit one every week, the topic doesn’t have to be NYIT related it could be about anything relevant to news, whatever expresses interest. From shootings to festivals to what’s going on at NYIT Glocal Minute covers it all. You can see all the Glocal Minutes on the website www.globesville.com and now on the YouTube page. Not only can you learn about the Old Westbury NYIT campus but the other campuses as well such as, “Canada, Asia and China.” Anyone can participate in, “Glocal Minute,” and you can visit the website to learn more.

Along with trying to get other NYIT campuses to participate in the channel, Globesville is also reaching out to Alumni to connect and possibly contribute to the network. They work with NYIT’s student run advertising and public relations agency, the Carleton Group, to find ways in reaching the alumni. Globesville and the Carleton Group are determined to keep working together to connect the NYIT Alumni to Globesville.

Globesville is an exciting class to take but it is no easy A. These students dedicate eight to twelve hours a week, meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 5:00 to work on various content. “As a grad assistant I have an amazing time working with students who desire T.V. broadcasting experience, in Globesville we try turning everyone into the best journalist they can be,” said grad assistant Catherine Gulotta. Globesville is full of hard working students whose goals are to learn from each other and do the best they can to get other schools involved.

 

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