Communications Academy

The Communications Academy at Nease allows students to explore the fields of television production and digital design. Through hands-on experience and unique field trip opportunities, students gain real-world skills as they prepare for college and careers.

 

Academy Highlights:

  • Produce Wired, an award-winning daily TV newscast using professional equipment and technology
  • Film high school athletic events and edit highlight reels
  • Create the Senior Video
  • Add a Journalism elective to your Digital Design Academy schedule to help design and publish the nationally-recognized Impressions yearbook or work on The Vertical, Nease’s student-run newspaper
  • Create graphic design projects for print and electronic distribution using the Adobe Creative Suite of software. Students learn the use of these programs for digital bitmap and vector based images, animation and web page authoring.
  • Create a professional portfolio
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The Wired news set. Wired was named as the Southern United State’s Best Daily Taped Newscast in 2014-15, by the Student Television Network.

Students get a tour of the Full Sail Mobile Experience Truck at Nease

Students get a tour of the Full Sail Mobile Experience Truck at Nease

Television Production students attend a seminar led by WJXT News Director Kathryn Bonfield at Channel 4 Studios

Television Production students attend a seminar led by WJXT News Director Kathryn Bonfield at Channel 4 Studios

Academy students attend a panel discussion featuring professionals in the fields of publishing, television, photography, web and social media development

Academy students attend a panel discussion featuring professionals in the fields of publishing, television, photography, web and social media development

Instruction

Our Academy is proud to have highly-qualified instructors who have career experience from the fields they teach. These teachers integrate their working knowledge of the industry into the classroom, giving students an excellent foundation for the future.

Partners

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The cornerstone of career education is work-based learning and our Academy is fortunate to partner with PGA Tour Entertainment, WJXT Channel 4, Leonards’ Studios, Flagler College, St. Johns River State College and other leaders in the communications industry. These generous companies provide our program with industry guidance as well as opportunities for internships, job-shadowing, field trips, mentoring, guest speakers and other special events.

Our success depends on partnerships with local businesses along with community support. Please contact us for more information.

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Mission Statement

We will prepare and inspire students for success in college and career by providing relevant knowledge of, necessary skills for and real-world exposure to the communications industry.

 

How to contact us?

 

Academy Coordinator:

Jaime Combs
904-547-8306
jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us

 

Academy Instructors:

Justin Cooler
TV Production, Wired
justin.cooler@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Geoff Stephens
TV Production, Sports Media
geoff.stephens@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Jacki Soto
Digital Design
Jacquelyn.soto@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Holly Farson
Journalism, Yearbook
holly.farson@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Holly Bourquin
Journalism, Newspaper
holly.bourquin@stjohns.k12.fl.us