St James Academy students experience real world training in radio

Monkton, Md - Students with the Radio and Television Production club at St. James Academy in Monkton are on the air broadcasting the news of the day at 8:30 each morning.

"I've always liked technology and watching television.  I've been interested in news broadcasting for a while and I just thought it would be cool to be  part of it," said Alex Young, student Producer at St. James Academy.

Alex Young writes scripts, keeps the broadcast on time and runs the show.

"It's somewhat stressful each morning running back and forth telling everyone what to do and finding appropriate stories for the whole school," said Young.

Garrett Beck is the Announcer.  He's responsible for reading the news of the day.

"It makes me feel kind of nervous at first, but I like being able to bring news to people and that is a good feeling," said Garrett Beck, Announcer.

Students do it all from announcing, producing to engineer in a state of the art radio studio. A dozen students are part of the Radio and TV Production Club.

Each day students host a five to seven minute radio show. Administrators say this type of hands on education offers real world experience.

"We saw the possibility of having students run the show rather than have this be adult driven and the rewards have been incredible," said Karl Adler, Head of School, St. James Academy.

On this broadcast, students interviewed an alum in a Skype interview about a trip to South Africa.  It's real world learning that benefits them.

"I've learned communication is key especially in this broadcast.  I tell people when to do things otherwise someone could forget something," said Young.

Students will also have a television studio at St James Academy in January. It's currently under construction.

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