Carlsbad High School’s Award-Winning Broadcast Journalism Program

Carlsbad High School’s Award-Winning Broadcast Journalism Program


We began the broadcast journalism
program here at Carlsbad High School in 2002 and we’ve had a very successful 18
years on the air and I think it’s been successful for two reasons. One is we
attract students who really have a passion for telling story students who
have embraced this concept that as journalists we are the voice for the
voiceless. The majority of students here in CHSTV are aspiring journalists. That
being said CHSTV really caters to our creative side and allows us to explore
our talents as journalists. However whether you go into journalism or not
CHSTV teaches you communication, which is a valuable asset in any work force.
One thing that I personally really love about CHSTV is when I walk into the
studio I feel like I acquire such a diverse array of skills that I’m able to
apply everywhere not just in the studio. We have used TriCaster since the very
very beginning or just about the beginning of this program back in the
early 2000s, starting off with their line of standard-definition TriCaster. They
are tremendous pieces of hardware and software but how we use them I think is
special and we use them to tell stories on a live TV environment. The TriCaster
is the heart of our control room from the very beginning, when our importing
footage onto it, as well as recording openings, to the very end. When we’re
broadcasting a video to over 3,000 students and the entire way through is
dependable powerful and very user friendly. Today a typical show a
12-minute live show would have so many moving parts. We have multiple sets of
live guests coming onto the show. We have a magic window segment that you can see
behind me, we have a massive video wall. We have multiple news anchors, we have
student crews out in the community live via satellite or live by Dejero. We have
graphics that we’re bringing up on the fly. As a guest runs in and asked can we
put up their website, all this information is being fed into two Tricasters, with students operating them telling stories on the fly, in the
control room, and I think to me that’s the value of the TriCaster system. At CHSTV we have a pay it forward program when teaching someone new jobs. That means that I can teach someone how to use TriCaster one day and the next day
someone else who learned this piece of technology. This ends up with 65 students
all having a basic understanding of the TriCaster and the ability to produce a
show with it. this shows how great the TriCaster is as
a new piece of technology that lets anyone pick it up relatively quickly.
Each and every student is a journalist. They all report, they all anchor, they all
appear on air as reporters. They’re all contributing content to the broadcast
and I think that’s why they do so well post high school; why so many of them
make it in the business because they are leaving high school with a really unique
skill set, beyond just the technical skill set. They are collaborators, they
are amazing communicators, they can troubleshoot because, as we know, in this
business “plan A” rarely works. You need to go to “plan B” and “plan C.” They’re
technologically savvy, they’re self-confident; all those skills, we call
them that sort of 21st century soft skills, will value will be of value to
them in life whether they go into broadcasting, filmmaking, the business
world, whatever they do the skills that they learn in a program like this are
invaluable.

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