High School Students Get a Taste of Reporting the News On-Camera

High school students attending the ASPA Long Weekend did some on-camera video work on Day 2 of the three-day event.

WVUA Weekend Weather Anchor Daniel Sparkman gives students pointers on on-air delivery at the ASPA Long Weekend.

The high school students in the video/broadcast track took a break from editing their weekend projects to get some on-camera experience on Saturday.

It’s Day 2 of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association Long Weekend Camp, which is designed to give high school students a taste of all aspects of media.   It’s been my pleasure to help make this part of ASPA Summer Camp a success.

Today one of our University of Alabama journalism students who works as a full-time anchor/reporter at WVUA-TV gave the students some of his sage advice based on his eight years in the broadcast news business.

Daniel Sparkman was our special guest today.  Then, this afternoon he played host as the students went into the studio and delivered a story from the ASPA workshop on camera.

In between their breakout sessions on such topics as writing yearbook captions, tweeting a speech and making good photos great, the ASPA Long Weekend Students was treated to a panel discussion featuring veteran publication advisers with decades of experience guiding students in the delivery of yearbooks, newspapers and other publications.

The students in the broadcast/video track produced short videos from today’s panel.  They also reported on an incident back at their residence hall last night.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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