January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While slavery may seem like a dark and distant time in our history, slavery still happens all over the world, even in the United States, while many people are unaware. In fact, over 40 million people are enslaved around the world, according to UN News. According to the United Nations, modern slavery “is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking.”
These horrible acts need to be stopped, which is why in January many try to raise their voices and bring awareness. As Obama said in his Presidential Proclamation in 2016, “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.”
What can we do to bring about change to this significant problem?
First, we ourselves need to be informed of the reality of modern day slavery. Some resources include organizations like the End It Movement and Hope for Justice, or for a more in depth look, there is a fact sheet of external resources compiled by NCTSN.
Second, we should raise our voices and try to bring awareness so our friends, classmates, co-workers and colleagues can also be informed.
Finally, we need to keep our eyes open to our own safety and the safety of those around us. You may have heard the mantra, “See Something, Say Something” and this is extremely important! Do you know about the college safety resources available to you at NOVA? Your safety is a priority, so please use these resources and encourage others to do the same. Toward the end of his Proclamation, Obama reminded us that “We must always remember that our freedom is bound to the freedom of others.”
Whether you’re interested in film, need a video for class, or simply want to edit some footage for a personal project, the Digital Media Studio has the software you need to get started! For video editing software, we have Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a leading video editing app used by professionals and novices alike. It is available on both the PC and Mac computers in the Digital Media Studio. Final Cut Pro is specifically designed for Macs and is also a professional software. If the tools offered by these two programs is at all intimidating, we also have iMovie on both Macs which is more beginner friendly but can be used to make an awesome video project.
If you need help using video editing software, check out these tutorials or request tutoring when you book a seat in the Digital Media Studio. What will you create?
Have you wanted to use Photoshop for your school projects or personal projects, but don’t want to pay for the monthly subscription? You can use Photoshop on campus in the Digital Media Studio on one of our Macs or PCs. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most well-known software for photo editing and graphic design. It has a variety of tools and features that can help bring an idea to life.
To get started, all you have to do is book a seat. Additionally, you can get help with using Photoshop by requesting to meet with the Student Technology Consultant or a member of the Library Technology Team, or by checking out these tutorials.
Have you heard of GIMP? GIMP is a free photo editing software that has very similar features to Photoshop. You can download GIMP for free online, but we also have it downloaded on the computers in the Digital Media Studio if you want to try it out, compare it to Photoshop, or use it for your creative projects.
The Digital Media Studio exists to help you make your ideas a reality. Have you used the Digital Media Studio to create a multimedia project before? We would love to display student work in the library! Send us your submissions at email@example.com.