It was a fun day for me! I had a group of about 15 students from the video/media production program at Stafford Technical Center in Rutland come visit the station! The students are a collection of teens from all Rutland area high schools (Rutland, Mill River, Poultney, Fair Haven, and Otter Valley) who have an early passion for film and video media! They came to visit as part of a 3 day mini course I am teaching on news production within their regular classwork. I visited them this past Monday to introduce them to the world of making news (how to shoot, write, edit, and front your own news story).
Today was their turn to see how a news operation runs. So we took a tour through the studio where we put on the news, to the newsroom where we gather information, write, and edit stories. Then a stroll through Master Control (an area not for the noise sensitive) where all the commercials, programming, and crawls (and more) are all playing for all 3 stations we run here (Fox44, ABC22, and the CW). Lots to take in!
They all seemed to enjoy the trip, asking all kinds of questions...whether or not I get nervous before going on tv, how we get news information, to what they should be doing at this point in high school to get into college or land an internship. All fantastic questions! I'm so glad that they were able to come and see a tv station to see how news works. For many of these students, news may be the path they take their passion for filming and editing. Others, well, they have other passions for filming music videos, or skateboard videos, or documentaries. A very cool group of students, and I am happy to help them learn more about their interest.
If you would like to bring your class in for a studio tour, just call our newsroom! 802-859-1344
If you would like me (or any one of our anchors, meteorologists, or reporters) to come visit your school to talk about news or weather, just call or email us individually (click here for a list of contacts and here for our individual on air personalities)