Enterprise launches TeenSTREAM section

Donations of new socks to give to students at the ALC who complete credits may be brought to the Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids.
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Lexie Weaver, a student at Park Rapids Area High School, has contributed a video to the Enterprise’s new TeenSTREAM section, under videos on the website (

The video “Sock It” shows how Alternative Learning Center students are being rewarded for completing credits with a new pair of socks. Donations of new socks for the program may be dropped off at the Park Rapids School District office in the Frank White Education Center.

Area teens are welcome to contribute videos to TeenSTREAM. Videos can be on any subject of interest to teens, such as outdoor activities, movie and technology reviews, creative projects like woodworking or crafting and short interviews with teens.

Send movie files to Enterprise editor Shannon Geisen at


These are tips for creating a good video:

1. If filming one person, zoom in for a nice close-up, like a mug shot. Leave some head space. Look at the background and make sure there isn't something distracting or appearing to stick out of the subject's head.

2. Just like photography, do not have your subject sit in front of a window, even with the shades drawn. They will be backlit and the video will be grainy. The subject will be in shadow. Make sure there is light shining ON the subject.

3. Make short video clips, not long, several-minute ones. They are easier to download and edit.

4. Just like photography, try filming from different angles (high, low, near, far), if possible.

5. When appropriate, get a variety of shots – close-ups, medium shots, wide shots. Look for creative angles, especially for events. Do you need to move with the subject, following them? Or can the subject move through the scene and you are stationary?

6. Film in silence for about six seconds, then signal for the subject to start speaking. Film for six seconds after they've spoken. Those pauses make it easier to edit later.

7. Don't make any comments, especially while the subject is speaking. No "ohs," "yeahs," "okays" "uh-huhs" during the interview. Don't clear your throat. The reporter/videographer should not be seen or heard.


8. Use a tripod or hold the camera/phone with both hands or prop it up so it is stable. Steady footage is important. We don't want viewers getting seasick from handheld, wobbly footage.

9. Always film horizontally.

10. Composition: Use the rule of thirds:

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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