As a culminating activity, Old Rochester Regional High School students in Intro to TV Production, Video Journalism and Bulldog TV, traveled to Boston to view a live broadcast of the noon news at WBZ-TV, a CBS affiliate.
Kari Solomon led the group on a tour of the facility. Students were able to view the live broadcast of the news both from the control room and in the studio. The students were able to view breaking news from Mashpee during the live telecast.
ORRHS Senior Emun Legesse stated, “This is so exciting! I’m so happy I was able to tour the studio. This has really motivated me to major in communications.” Ms. Legesse’s inspiration is Oprah Winfrey
After the newscast, anchor David Wade fielded questions from the group. The students were able to see how they tape promos for both the news and weather. Set designer, Mike Noyce explained how the sets are interchangeable depending upon what shows are being produced. Phantom Gourmet was in production after the newscast. Mr. Noyce explained how both the lighting and the set panels are changed for that show.
When asked about the field trip experience, ORR Seniors Tim Gonsalves and Josh Bardwell replied, “We came on the field trip last year and had such a good time that we had to come back.”
Intro to TV Production students Kyle Costa and Harrold Terpeny were impressed with the cameras and equipment in the control room.
“It’s a wonderful educational experience for students. They get to see TV news production up close and personal and interact with professionals in the field,” stated Deb Stinson, ORR District Video Coordinator.
The field trip was funded through a grant from the Marion Cultural Council, a local agency and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Photo by Deborah Stinson