Patty Loew, professor of life sciences communication, was recently named to Madison Magazine’s 2016 M List. She is being recognized for her work with the Tribal Youth Media Initiative, a program that teaches Native American teens about video production and digital storytelling. Loew sees the initiative as a way to grow the next generation of Native storytellers and land stewards.
During this summer’s program, the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation experienced record-breaking flooding. Loew, a Bad River Tribal member, helped two of the students quickly turn their cameras on the storm damage, giving them hands-on experience of covering breaking news. The students talked with first responders and lodge guests and recorded B roll of the devastation, producing a video that was used by news outlets including Madison’s NBC 15.
The M List is a who’s who of people making impacts on the local culture and economy. Each year the list honors a different sector, and this year, the M List is recognizing those making strides as mentors and teachers.