Broadcasting Boot Camp students are working to produce their first newscast to air Tuesday morning. The term “boot camp” isn’t used lightly; according to instructor Jeremy Whiting, students will have a news “package”–a video used to relay news–due every day.
“You could think of (broadcasting) as a news story that you would see in a newspaper or anywhere else; it’s just in a different format,” Whiting said. “In this format we have the visuals to go along with it. We’re doing the same thing like a regular reporter’s doing. We’re asking questions, we’re finding out information, we’re doing research and we’re also doing parts that maybe a photographer would do; we’re finding shots to help show the story, and the shots are just moving because it’s video.”
The class includes students of all experience levels, from first timers to experienced journalists.
Student Jack Harrell said he would categorize himself as more experienced. “I take team news at my high school,” Harrell said. “It is a broadcasting system at our school. We basically set up a broadcast every day for our school, so instead of announcements over a PA speaker system we just do it online through a visual representation.”