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Web series by Dordt professor and students wins award

December 8, 2010

“A documentary film won’t change the world, but media does have the potential to shine a spotlight on important issues,” said Mark Volkers on his website.

Mark Volkers, Dordt’s digital media production instructor, along with Dordt alumni at Mission India and the president of the online marketing company, Click Rain, shared their unique skills to create My Passport to India, a virtual tour of India’s slums.

The web series, produced by Prairie Grass Productions, proved so powerful and engaging that it recently received a 2010 Davey Award, the largest and most prestigious award competition held exclusively for small firms with big ideas. Prairie Grass Productions is Dordt College’s production company.

The Mission India series sheds light on the growth of the church in India and allows children to explore India’s diverse culture, people, and country.
After being contacted by Mission India, Volkers along with Dale Vande Griend, a current Dordt student, journeyed to India to capture the experience on film.

Click Rain owner Paul Ten Haken began the work of creating a web structure for smooth and easy access to the videos and the program. Prairie Grass Productions began editing the content and produced the webisodes within eight weeks. Volkers believes that opportunities such as this help set Dordt’s digital media program apart.

“Not only are Dordt students doing professional work while they are students, they’re making a difference in the world. In some other college programs, students hardly pick up a camera until graduate school,” said Volkers.

This is the second Davey Award given to Prairie Grass Productions. To learn more, go to www.dordt.edu/media.

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