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Video students capture impact of Polar Vortex

When the recent Polar Vortex brought life-threatening weather to Chicago, instructor John Goheen saw the opportunity for students in his video production classes to get involved.

Goheen, Senior Professional in Residence in the School of Communication, sent an email to all of his students, asking them to use their smart phones and capture aspects of the storm. Not wanting to encourage anyone to venture outside in the chilling weather, Goheen told students they could simply shoot from inside their dorms or apartments. He received a mix of inside and outside shots, including one student who put to use the drone he received for Christmas.

Using various reports from CBS Evening News, the students' images replaced the Evening News shots and the result was a wonderful reflection of this once in a lifetime weather occurrence.

“Working with over 40 student contributors, I edited the project together. While not all 40 had their video used, I believe this was a great lesson for all the students to be involved with and reinforced to them that when something happens…shoot it (horizontal),” Goheen said.