Last week, we were able to show off our TV studio in a way that we haven’t before.
Students from Scranton High School came by on a field trip, and we showed them a bit about how a newscast works.
The whole day was essentially a workshop day. We trained the students on how to work some of the various equipment in the studio and the control room, and then let them get to work on producing a newscast. We ran through the script enough times to give each student the opportunity to work in multiple roles, from on-air talent to working the cameras.
And perhaps the most exciting part of the day was that Scott Schaffer, main anchor on WNEP, was on-hand to give the students advice on how to best perform on air work.
Working with the students took me back to when I was a senior in high school, anxious about finding a school to go to. Now I’m a senior in college, anxious about entering the work force.
But when I saw the younger students in the same position that I was in not too long ago, I realize that things worked out well for me in college, so they’ll probably just continue to do the same in the future.
And besides, some of the students were obviously talented at working with news. If these kids come to Marywood for Communication Arts, the Comm Arts Department will do just fine without me.
Patrick Kernan is a senior double major in broadcast journalism and English. He’s the Managing Editor at The Wood Word, a DJ for 91.7 VMFM, and an anchor at TV-Marywood. When he graduates, he hopes to work as a music reporter.