High school news show a hit
GYPSUM – “Every one minute you see on TV takes hours of work,” says broadcast communication teacher Ron Beard. Beard has taken over the broadcast communications courses for Eagle Valley High School where students produce a 20-minute, weekly newscast called “EV TV News.”Courses offered at the school are broadcasting I, broadcasting II and, coming soon, sports media. Sports media students will create highlight films and announce upcoming sporting events.
“Kids are checking out cameras, but we will need cooperation from parents and coaches in order to produce highlight films,” Beard says. Beard is also looking towards eventually offering video services to the community at discount prices, much like the school’s auto shop., he says.Beard says technology has changed quite a bit since he graduated from college in 1991 with a degree in broadcast communications.”Every year it changes,” he says. “We are lucky at Eagle Valley to have the cameras and technology to experiment and produce different pieces.”In the past, EV TV ran about two minutes per day. The new format 20 minutes, once a week – is a source for faculty and students to hear what is happening at the school. The first newscast was anchored by sophomore Kevin Mansfield and senior Claire Thompson, and feedback from students and staff was extremely positive.Students in all broadcast classes are working towards one goal – producing the Friday morning show. Broadcast I students are responsible for finding stories, writing leads and filming. Broadcast II students do that, too, but they also edit, anchor and produce the show. All students are learning to write for TV.Classes will also produce a DVD yearbook and a promotional video for the high school in English and Spanish. The promotional video is meant to inform newcomers of classes and extra curricular activities.Students also will turn in an individual project. One student, for instance, has decided to film and edit his aunt’s wedding. Another is scanning baby photos for a video for grandparents. Other are producing a video resume and an individual sports highlight video.”The individual project not only gives kids the opportunity to learn about all aspects of a production, it also gives them something to take with them – something they can be proud of,” Beard says.The classes also prepare students for a career in broadcast communications. Beard says it’s an opportunity for students to see if they are interested in the field while preparing for college courses. Sophomore Emily Schlegel, who is a broadcast II student, says that she originally took the class because it sounded fun. She likes that students are allowed to express a wide range of ideas for stories, she says. “Now I’m leaning towards a career in communications,” Schlegel says. Vail, Colorado
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