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Delivering the news: Club readies for first broadcast

Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Directors Role

DIRECTOR’S ROLE – Prairie View Elementary student Lily Robinson starts filming as Amaya Broomsey conducts an interview Friday for the Leadervision Club. The club will debut its show May 1. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Amaya Broomsey holds out the mic and prepares to start the interview Friday morning in the Prairie View Elementary gym as Lily Robinson stares through the iPad to get the right angle. Soon after giving the thumbs up to start the interview, Robinson jumps in telling Broomsey to speak up.

“At Northwest High School, I learned to be a director and to know how to take control of the moment,” Robinson explained.

Robinson and Broomsey are two of the 12 Prairie View Elementary students between third and fifth grades in the Leadervision Club. The group, under the direction of library media specialist Natalie Spann, were collecting footage during Friday’s awards assembly in preparation for its debut broadcast May 1.

A clip of their work with the Northwest High School Creative Media Production Academy in March aired during Friday’s assembly with brief updates on the school’s talent search and the green team, along with a joke corner and a commentary about St. Patrick’s Day.

Elise Contreras was one of the on-air talents in the short clip.

“It’s natural for me. I like to talk a lot,” Contreras said about being on camera.

The school received a $3,700 grant in January from the Northwest Education Foundation to buy a green screen, two iPads, rolling tripods and microphones. Spann also said the grant bought the Padcaster Ultimate Studio kit that allows the student to turn an iPad into a mobile studio.

“They have ran with it,” Spann said. “It’s a real broadcast. They go and get soundchecks and write scripts. They already have the vocabulary down.”

Aaron Lamb is one of the technical directors. Even with a broken leg Friday, he was filming .

“I didn’t ask to be in [the club]. But I’m glad I got in it. It’s really fun,” Lamb said. “I like all the experience. I’m the technical director and love it.”

Spann said the students have built on what they were taught by their colleagues at NHS.

“The Northwest students gave them a memorable experience,” she said. “They will never forget it. They are excited to train younger students.”

Starting in May, the school will replace its daily announcements with broadcasts from the Leadervision Club.

“I can’t wait to see what they do,” Spann said. “They are so creative and all have something different to offer.”

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