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Broadcast students from three UCPS high schools visit WCNC

Students from three UCPS high schools gather 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.(Below) Members of the 2012-2013 Porter Ridge High School broadcast class take a moment for a quick photo while visiting the WCNC news studio.

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 Regina Snelson, April Dawkins and Deb Christensen were the chaperones.

Anchor/Reporter Sonja Gantt was the tour guide and showed everyone the different parts of the studio and the many people 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 can 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 fieldtrip 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 of 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 would switch cameras, commercials and previously fimed 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. All of the schools expressed interest in going back to visit another year.

Written by: Deb Christensen, Central Academy of Technology and Arts teacher
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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