George Cooke teaches video production, photography, and photojournalism in the Mass Communication Department. Recently, he became an Apple Certified Instructor for that company’s video editing program, Final Cut Pro. The culmination of his master of fine arts degree in mass communication and media arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was the production of a documentary entitled Street Outreach: We’re Just Trying to Make It Better. The story focused on a street outreach program for at-risk youth in Cairo Illinois. Cairo, located at the southern tip of Illinois, is one of the most impoverished towns in the state. When the young people of Cairo say, “There is nothing to do here!” it is no exaggeration. The resulting social documentary was dedicated to two Street Outreach workers who worked tirelessly to make life better for the youth of Cairo. Recently, the documentary won a bronze award in the Media Communications International Competition.
George was appointed to the faculty in 1996. He brings to the Mass Communication Department 27 years of experience in film, video production, and still photography in Canada. There, his work as producer-director, cinematographer, and editor earned him several awards. He is a three-time winner of the Creative Excellence Award from the U.S. Industrial Film and Video Festival in Chicago and winner of a Silver Cindy Award from the Association of Visual Communicators in Los Angeles.
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