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First Person

Project Description

In the First Person personal narrative media project, students share a powerful message, memory, story, value or life lesson about themselves or their community.

  • Students create an audio essay, short film or photo essay
  • Great for middle and high school classes in ELA, STEM, Civics, Health and more
  • About 1-3 weeks to complete
  • Submissions accepted year-round

Authentic Audience

Middle and high school students are invited to publish their work to the public Youth Media Challenge Showcase. Select youth media may be shared on KQED digital and broadcast channels and via PBS and NPR member stations around the country.

a student holding a microphone

If You Really Knew Me…

Students: What makes you you? What’s a value you have, a life lesson you’ve learned, a memory, event or story that has shaped your life? What do you want to share about yourself or your community?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Choose Media Format and Get Curriculum

    Students can make an audio essay, short film or photo essay with these ready-to-use, modifiable curricular supports. Find everything you need by media format here:

    First Person: Audio Essay

    300-500 words, 1-3 minutes

    First Person: Short Film

    300-500 words, 1-3 minutes

    First Person: Photo Essay

    300-500 words, 1-3 minutes

    Resources and Support

    More Project Resources

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    Media Skills for Educators

    KQED Teach offers free workshops and self-paced courses on media-making and implementing and assessing student media projects.