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Korva Coleman Awards

2017 Korva Coleman Award Winners

The 2017 Korva Coleman Excellence Awards presentation was held in the KJZZ newsroom in Tempe on April 7. Winners were recognized for their work in three areas of digital media: Audio, Video and Multimedia Production. The field of entries was the most competitive yet, with high school and college journalists from 21 states submitting 99 pieces for consideration.

Winners received a crystal Korva Coleman award and a $1000 scholarship. Korva joined the presentation via Skype from her home in Washington D.C., and delivered a heartfelt congraulatory message.

See more pictures and view the winners' projects.

Summer Programs 2017

Spring Break PhotoSPOT 127 will host several sessions throughout the summer at both locations. Two-week Summer Boot Camps designed for beginning students will be held at both locations June 5-16, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost is $250 and scholarships are available. Apply for Boot Camp today!

In addition, SPOT 127 East will hold a series of one-week programs for all skill levels in late June and July, and SPOT 127 West will offer podcasting and video programming for all skill levels throughout July. Learn more and apply here!

About SPOT 127

SPOT 127, KJZZ’s youth media center, empowers teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through photo, audio and video storytelling. We are an innovative educational outreach initiative aimed at low-income and at-risk high school students ages 14-18 in the metro Phoenix area. Our free in-school and afterschool programs  and summer camps provide mentoring and instruction in multimedia production.

Our project-based curriculum offers hands-on training in digital photography, video and audio production and social media. In addition to technical skills, our students gain critical leadership and 21st-century career skills to put them on a path to higher education and lifelong success. They also develop media literacy competencies while honing their media creation and critical-thinking skills. We aim to inspire students to create multimedia pieces that shine a light on the issues facing their communities. 

We offer paid internships for participants interested in multimedia journalism beginning at age 16. All student-produced stories are distributed on our website and on social media, and some are even featured on KJZZ 91.5 FM’s local news programming.

Do you have a story to tell? Want to learn how to tell it in a multimedia format, like a professional-quality video or podcast?

SPOT 127, KJZZ 91.5's youth media center, is accepting high school students for its free afterschool programs in the West and East Valley. Join us and learn multimedia production, including digital photography, social media and audio and video production. Your projects will be featured on our website and social media channels. Students also have the opportunity to have their work aired on KJZZ and/or published on the station's website.

Our afterschool programs in Maryvale and Tempe are two days per week from 4-6 p.m. We also offer a Photo Fridays class. All you need to bring are your ideas; we have the cameras, recorders, microphones, computers and recording booths. Lunch is provided. We are currently taking applications for our Spring 2017 semester at our Tempe location.

Support SPOT 127

SPOT 127 Youth Media Center provides young people in the greater Phoenix area mentoring and instruction in key digital skills that are vital for success in today's information economy. Your donations help our students reach their greatest potential!

You can support our students by making a dollar-for-dollar Charitable Tax Credit contribution or a tax-deductible donation

You can also support SPOT 127 as you go about your regular shopping:

  • SPOT 127 is a partner in the Fry’s Food Stores Community Rewards Program. To enroll in the program through your Fry's VIP card, visit Fry's Community Rewards online and search for our organization number 39042. (Friends of Public Radio Arizona/SPOT 127).
  • If you are an Amazon customer, you can donate a portion of your purchases through Amazon Smile. Simply log in to Amazon Smile and select Friends of Public Radio Arizona/KJZZ/K-BACH as the charity you wish to support.