Broadcast journalism class raising money for trip to Orlando

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Senior Sarah McKay edits a piece for an upcoming edition of the Manchester Broadcast News. Photos by Corey AmEnde.
Senior Sarah McKay edits a piece for an upcoming edition of the Manchester Broadcast News. Photos by Corey AmEnde.

Nearly a dozen students from the broadcast journalism class at Manchester High School will be heading to Florida in March for the Student Television Network Convention. The Board of Education gave the official approval on Dec. 9 for the trip that will send between 10 and 14 students and advisors to Orlando from March 18 to 23 for the convention that brings together high school students interested in broadcast journalism from across the country. Students and teachers will participate in workshops and training, in addition to hearing keynote speakers.

“I want to go into communications when I grow up, so I think this will be a good opportunity for me to get some experience and have people that are older than me and know what they’re doing showing me what the future is going to look like for me, and maybe it will help open some doors for me,” said senior Sarah McKay, an anchor for Manchester Broadcast News.

In addition to the learning opportunities at the convention, there will also be a competition in which technology education teacher Eric Larson said some MHS students will be participating.  Larson said for the competition students will be given a topic and 24 hours to produce a video on their subject matter.  All aspects of production will be competed by students on-site, so Larson said the class is  bringing a couple of camera packages and laptops with them.

Larson said he plans on taking juniors and seniors on the trip, and the number will depend on the cost, which he estimates at around $1,150.  This is the first year that the students will attend the convention, and the plan is to attend the STN convention every other year. 

“It’s a long trip for a school trip, but we’re really looking forward to it,” said Larson. “We have a lot to prepare for between now and then and try to come up with ways to earn money for the kids to pay for the trips.”

In order to help defer the costs of the trip, the class is running fundraisers. Larson said they recently had one at TGI Friday’s in Manchester and are planning another fundraising night at Catsup and Mustard on Main Street on Jan. 8 and Landmark Café on Jan. 15.  Larson said 15 percent of the sales from 5 to 9 p.m. each night will benefit the trip.

The broadcast journalism class produces Manchester Broadcast News, which is a monthly feature show that airs on Channel 16, highlighting stories from all over town. “Their audience is the town of Manchester, which is really kind of cool because they have the potential audience of like 60,000 people,” said Larson.

For more information, contact Larson at b11elars@manchesterct.gov.


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