Tight Budget No Barrier for Student Newscast

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Every day you invite WTAP into your homes to catch the latest news and weather, and the hope for some local middle school students is that in ten years they too will appear on your television screen.

Every morning Van Devender Middle School has a student newscast.

Working on a shoe string budget, teacher William Stokes constructed the entire studio from antique equipment and scrap materials. That even includes a teleprompter made from an old lap top and a card board box.

It's a strong effort that doesn't go unappreciated by his students.

"We get to tell everyone the news and we're in our own little studio doing our thing," Karly Hunt, a student, said.

"It's really cool how we are able to do this," Loki Drummond, a student, said.

Each student in the program gets the opportunity to experience all aspects of the newscast; from anchoring, to being behind the camera and producing the show.

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  • by Senora Location: Marietta on Apr 23, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    Cathleen did a terrific job on this report! I enjoyed her dialogue, as well as the way she sat in the student's 'anchor' chair. Van Devender is a gem of a school which has benefited from the public's concern that their children not attend due to its reputation...the small class sizes and nurturing environment make it a top-notch experience for students fortunate enough to attend it.
  • by J Noel on Apr 22, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    VanDevender Middle School is the best kept secret!:) Great kids, great staff!
  • by April Location: Parkersburg on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    I agree with Rob. I saw this segment on the news last night and those kids were great. They have a great teacher also who can really motivate these kids.
  • by Rob Location: Parkersburg on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Please post video from the Van Devender Middle School story.
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