Behind the Scenes of “Cardinal News” with Broadcast Journalism Students from Greenwich High School
So guess what? They abolished the homeroom at GHS. And this is a good thing. It was difficult to hear the announcements, and many students took the opportunity to catch up on their sleep. These days, the information students need is delivered to them through Vimeo, and Richard Detmer’s broadcast journalism students are busy behind the scenes making it happen.
Avery Formato, who happens to be the only girl in the class, said she enjoyed being filmed and was shocked to walk into a class of seven at the start of the year.
“I was at Sacré-Coeur for 7th and 8th year and we had an excellent broadcast journalism department, with a full news studio named after David Bloom who was a Sacred Heart relative and NBC reporter, ”Avery said. “I lucked out with a small class because it’s the first time they’ve offered it at Greenwich High School.”
“People don’t even know it’s a class,” Avery said. “They assume it’s a club.”
“We didn’t have a host at all until Avery came in. Nobody wanted to do it,” Mr. Detmer said.
On Friday, the class was busy working on Episode 5 of Cardinal News, the Vimeo reel that replaces the traditional classroom.
Mr. Detmer explained that once a month time is split into each block to add ten minutes at the end of the second period for everyone to watch. The episodes are archived on the Vimeo channel and allow informative viewing!
Although Episode 5 will only take place after the January break and the one-semester class will have a new set of students, Mr. Detmer explained that each episode takes time and the new group will only be not ready. with one episode lasting several weeks. The prerequisite for following broadcast journalism is Video 1, which is aimed at beginners interested in filmmaking. Other courses offered are Intermediate Video 2 and Advanced Video Production 3.
Episode 5, the students explained, is a compilation of activity content for various clubs, as well as a regular segment from student government president Spencer Faragasso.
Calvin Medico, whose role is a producer on Cardinal News, said he would designate a few minutes of the episode for the theme of diversity. He emailed two teachers questions in advance and planned to interview Mr Charles, who advises two clubs on the topic of diversity. Calvin also considered interviews with students to gather feedback on the value of affirmative action in college admissions, following the hotly contested affirmative action case from the Supreme Court of the University of Texas.
Medico said that his experience with electronic music was useful to him. He created the musical introduction for each episode.
Most recent reel of Cardinal News, Episode 4:
Cardinal News Episode 4 from Greenwich High School on Vimeo.
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