02 Oct 2013 The classroom: reimagined
High school students from 13 local schools stepped into a different type of classroom for the first department-wide High School Media Day.
Students interested in television were able to conduct a real newscast after a news event occurred right before their eyes… pulled off by student actors and Michael Knight, Director of Theater, as students sat awaiting their welcome to the university.
“Students were able to see an entire news event unfold and participate in reporting on it,” said Fred Stewart.
“We would like to make this an annual event and would like to see it grow. Obviously, the demand is there,” he added. He couldn’t have been more pleased with the day. “Campus had registered 260 students and had calls from other schools wanting to participate. The students and everyone else had a great time.”
Journalism Instructor and mastermind of the event, Stewart, told The Update: “It was a chance to bring together the entire department and show off how good our programs are.”
In addition to journalism and broadcast workshops, students were also able to work with theater students and faculty in improvisation and theater make-up classes.
Two scholarships were awarded by the university to two High School Media Day attendees.