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Broadcast Students Visit WCNC

Students from all three schools gathered around the WCNC anchor desk during a two-minute commercial break to get a photo with noon news anchor Anjanette Flowers, anchor Sonja Gantt and forecaster Larry Sprinkle.

Just before Thanksgiving, students from CATA, Parkwood and Porter Ridge High Schools toured the WCNC 36 News Station in Charlotte. Media Coordinators and broadcast teachers Deb Christensen, Regina Snelson and April Dawkins were the chaperones.

Anchor/Reporter Sonja Gantt was the tour guide and showed everyone the different parts of the studio and the many staff members in various positions who make each broadcast possible.

Executive News Director Corrie Harding spoke to the students about some of the jobs at a news station and that students should focus on all of their studies and not just journalism. He said they are often looking for experts on stories that are in the spotlight or people who can speak multiple languages.

Porter Ridge junior Heidi Sue Goss said, “Going to the news station was a memorable experience. Ms. Gantt was nice, and she showed us around the news station. We learned about how they broadcast around Charlotte and the Carolinas.”

"I loved getting the opportunity to meet all the people in the studio. They were all so nice and very enthusiastic about their jobs. It was interesting watching them do live broadcasting and getting to see the editing room." said Parkwood senior, Ashley Bigham.

All of the students were surprised to learn that the Charlotte station serves as the hub for all the NBC national stories that get sent to other parts of the country.

The trip had a big impact on CATA senior Breanna Ringersen who stated that, "Going on this field trip was such an eye opener for me. This experience helped me to confirm that I would like to major in communications to become a political broadcaster. Getting a more in-depth look at what it's going to be like working in the Communications field made me more excited for college than I already am."

After the tour of the building the students had the opportunity to be in the studio during the noon news broadcast. They saw how the camerawoman switched cameras, how commercials and previously filmed packages would air between the live shots and how the graphics were displayed on LCD panels behind the anchor desk.

Larry Sprinkle was at the weather center and in front of the green screen that is used to allow graphics of maps and weather to be shown in the background. Students even had the opportunity to get photos with him!

All of the schools expressed interest in going back to visit again next semester when the broadcast classes have new students.



Written by: Deb Christensen, CATA Media Coordinator
Posted: Dec 10, 2012 by Regina Snelson

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