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SU to do Skaneateles photo shoot in September

Each year the Syracuse Univesity S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications chooses a community for a weekend-long photo shoot.

Last year, the school focused on Clay. In previous year's they have focused on Skaneateles, Marcellus, Cazenovia and other communities. What makes this year different is they are coming back to Skaneateles for a second look.

Resident and graduate of the public communications program Mary Buttolph presented the plans to bring students back to Skaneateles to the village board on April 13.

"This is the first town to ever have a repeat," she said, adding the first time the school visited Skaneateles for the project was in 2002.

The presentation was complete with a slideshow of what the students work on and commentary by them and professional journalists about the project.

Buttolph said there are about 60 visual arts students who attend the weekend long event, which is much like journalism "boot camp."

"It's very intimidating," she said of the undergraduate and graduate students working with high-end editors from publications such as the Washington Post.

The weekend long photo shoot would offer people perspective from a "day in the life of" type of scenario throughout the community, from the village to the farms. The on-site hands-on education is slated for Sept. 25 to 27.

"I'm also a veteran of this and there is no sleep for three days," Buttolph said.

Despite the work the students will do in the community, they need a place to house all of the equipment they will carry in with them beginning the Thursday of the project. Buttolph said what they need is a space to work out of.

"The bigger the better," she said. "I was thinking, ideally, the firehouse and if that didn't work out, the community center. Any place you want to put us would be fine."

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