Posted 12 Oct 2018
"Don't Look Away: Homelessness in Northwest Arkansas," a two-hour special produced by the Sue Walk Burnett Center for Journalism and Student Media at the University of Arkansas, will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m.
The special will feature three student-produced documentaries that examine a variety of issues facing the homeless population in Northwest Arkansas, an area often known for its prosperity rather than its poverty. Over the course of two semesters, graduate students crafted stories that give viewers a chance to understand both the unique challenges and complicated stories of this population.
Films to be featured include: "Homeless in Boomtown," produced by Denzel Jenkins and Shane White; "A Shelter First," produced by Bryan Pollard and Taylor Strickland; and "Out of the Woods," produced by Paulina Sobczak and Andrew Epperson.
Larry Foley, chair of the UA School of Journalism and Strategic Media, hosted and moderated an Oct. 10 event, which will be part of this special broadcast. The event included a panel discussion with local homeless service providers discussing their experiences and the work that they are doing to help meet the needs of the homeless population in the region; interviews with the filmmakers; and a guest appearance by Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, a UA professor in sociology who is an expert on the topic.
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