Fluvanna High School News Show Broadcasts to Community
High school students in Fluvanna County are gaining some real-world experience with a daily news program. Now the morning show producers are growing beyond the school's walls and reaching out into the community.
Last year, the students worked to build the studio and start a routine. Now their show, "In the Know," is a well-oiled machine, and they're ready to branch out into the community.
The students in David Small's television production class are learning every job in the newsroom, from shooting the camera to directing the show in the control room.
"I like that they get their hands in every crew position so even if they don't like that position, they're figuring it out and some of them grow to like it," Small said.
Sophomore stage manager Nikolai Jackson says he wants to be a producer or video editor and this class is giving him the hands-on experience he needs.
"There's so much we do; we can work on editing stuff, going out on shoots - it's like a job almost and it's just really fun to be here," Jackson said.
This year the course is taking its real-world applications to the next level. The students are covering school board meetings and sporting events and sharing their work on public television.
"That community tie-in, that's something that we're really working to build this year," Small said.
The daily morning show is over in a matter of minutes, but Small hopes its impact will last a lifetime.
"Whether they go on into the business or not, for me it's - they know how to work together as a team in a pretty high-pressure situation," Small said.
This program was made possible by a grant to Fluvanna County schools for career and technical education. Small says he hopes the course will move to the next level, giving students the chance to do internships at professional media outlets in central Virginia.
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