KATY, TX - Several schools within the Katy School District have turned the daily announcements into a learning experience for students who want to study TV news broadcasting.
At Katy High School, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the KT TV staff produces a 6 minute news show to keep the school informed about campus events, important announcements, what’s for lunch, and they even provide video sports highlights from recent Tiger’s games. Students work under deadline pressure getting the newscast produced and recorded. If time runs short they deliver it live. Teacher Russell Sadberry heads the program and says the deadline teaches students to stay focused because otherwise the show won’t be ready on time.
“There is no fun fair positive once you get out of school so if the show does not come off because someone didn’t do their job then that’s the natural consequence” Sadberry said.
The program is not only for students who want to work in front of the camera. There are also positions for students who want to learn about video tape editing, production, graphics and other essential functions of a newscast.
On the days when students are not producing the newscast they work on video stories that will be featured on the following day’s show.
The program at Katy High began in 2001 and has been quite successful teaching students and exposing them to an interesting career option.
“We’ve won some awards from our shows in the past. We’ve also had students who graduated from this and have gone on to work in the business,” Sadberry said.
The student’s newscasts are posted on SchoolTube.com for the public to see. They have their own channel on a web site called KT TV.