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Hastings featured in latest episode of Flagler-produced ‘Ancient City Stories’

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“Ancient City Stories” is a St. Augustine lifestyle show, shot and produced by Flagler College students, featuring stories on unique people and places in St. Augustine.

Nov. 7, 2013

Students in a Flagler College documentary class were intrigued by the idea that an entire town had grown up out of the need to supply the Hotel Ponce de Leon with food year round. That interest resulted in “Hastings: Where Potatoes Turn into Gold” which airs Sunday Nov. 10 on CW17.

The documentary studies the history of a town that grew from nothing to one of the wealthiest communities of the time despite weathering devastating freezes, flood, a fire, recession, segregation and numerous other setbacks.

“Ancient City Stories” is a St. Augustine lifestyle show, shot and produced by Flagler College students, featuring stories on unique people and places in St. Augustine.

“The CW gave us a mission to find interesting people and places in St. Augustine,” said Tracy Halcomb, chair of the Communication Department. “The content of the shows is 100 percent shot and edited by Communication majors and alumni.”

Halcomb said the station’s decision to air the show, especially in such a high profile time slot, says something about the quality of the students’ work.

The program was executive produced by Josh Wallace, the college’s FCTV station manager.

“Ancient City Stories is a fantastic opportunity for our students who consistently create broadcast quality work,” he said. “The students have put a lot of hard work in to get the show to the point it is at, and with the premier right around the corner, we are all very excited to see the fruits of our labor.”

Wallace said he had a number of students over the summer producing content including Sina Eslami, Shannon LeDuke, Elizabeth Eustace, Madison Ciklin, Ben Whitson, Jason Reimann, Harold Hood and Josh Santos. Numerous classes in the department have also produced stories for the half-hour show.

Faculty involved have included Halcomb, Mark Huelsbeck, Robbie Gordon and Helena Sarkio. Halcomb said the project has utilized student skills from across all Communication majors including researching, editing, publicity and social media.

“This has been a labor of love for a little over a year,” Halcomb said.

CW17 WCWJ is a Jacksonville CW network-affiliated station that also carries a number of local programs about the Jacksonville and First Coast region.

“Ancient City Stories” will run on Sundays at 7 p.m. for 52 weeks. For more, visit ancientcitystories.com.


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