As Macsen Cottle and Kylie Seagroves read over their scripts, the rest of the crew puts the finishing touches on their newscast.
The students at Mirror Lake Middle School are part of a competitive radio and television broadcast class. They produce school newscasts, and are responsible for gathering news and pitching story ideas. Besides teaching students broadcasting basics, the class also has another purpose.
“It’s all the news of Mirror Lake,” said Emily Blahous, who teaches the class. “I mean, teachers really need to listen because it’s every dismissal time. It’s what’s happening in the school.”
The newscasts feature everything from information on school sports to classmate birthdays. But of all the lessons learned in the studio, students said teamwork is tops. Everyone has a role to play, and students learn to work with other crew members to put together every broadcast.
“I really like being an anchor, and probably director,” said seventh grader Tia Kelliher. “Being director, I get to be in charge and I like to be in charge.”
Their equipment has seen better days, but they make it work.
“It’s really stressful,” Macsen said. “As someone before us said, it’s so stressful we should be getting paid.”