UnionDocs

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Professional journalists help kids ages 9–17 write, record, and edit their own radio stories

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Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Registration required. Valid for ages 9-12 for first two sessions and ages 9-17 for third session. Class cancellations before June 17 will be charged fee up to 1/4 Groupon price; cancellations after June 17 will be charged full fee of Groupon price. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$489 for One Week of Radio Day Camp ($980 Value)

Professional radio journalists teach each one-week camp session, during which kids create stories based on themes such as family and neighborhood. Along with mastering the tenants of strong storytelling, campers learn how to use editing software and recording equipment. At the end of camp, students receive a CD of their finished story.

Sessions run Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8–12 (ages 9-12), July 15–19 (ages 9–12), and July 22–26 (ages 9–12 and 13–17). A pizza lunch is provided each day, but kids are welcome to bring their own food. Click here for more information.

UnionDocs

The community of journalists and experimental filmmakers behind UnionDocs isn't content to just record something and assume it's the truth. Rather, as The Brooklyn Rail suggests, it tackles the larger questions of "what it means to tell true stories, and how to document them." Every year, UnionDocs hosts more than 100 nonfiction events, ranging from film screenings to oral histories, all focused on under-represented subjects such as incarcerated musicians in Louisiana. Following presentations at the "intimate" space—so dubbed by Time Out New York—the creators behind that night's work stick around for a discussion with the audience.

Besides showcasing the works of others, the crew at UnionDocs tirelessly produces nonfiction of their own. The organization's website constantly updates with critical writing, interviews, and videos, while its workshops—such as a free filmmaking course for LGBT youth—cater to budding artists. Production meetings, seminars, and screenings spark inspiration every week, as do frequent master classes, critiques, and how-I-take-my-coffee seminars with visiting artists.


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