Wilton High School is getting students into the broadcast industry early with the Wilton Beavers Broadcast. This is a student-run broadcast that started this year at the high school . It is broadcast on Facebook, YouTube, and on closed-circuit televisions at the school.
Marcia Hetzler is an English and language arts teacher at Wilton and is in charge of the broadcast. She originally started the program at the junior high level two years ago. Hetzler stated that the program has a green screen available for use, semi-professional lighting on set, multiple camcorders for video (phones are also used), and the software program WeVideo for video editing.
Eleney Owens, a writer and anchor for the Wilton Beaver Broadcast, stated that she has learned multiple things, from how to use video editing software to broadcast writing and how to perform on camera. However, she has focused on video editing the most.
“[I’ve learned] mostly video editing. It’s cool to see it come together at the end,” Owens stated.
Shelby Oien, a reporter for the broadcast, believes the program is great for learning new things pertaining to video and how to use equipment. As for preparing to interview, Oien is tasked with finding people associated with a topic for the week.
“This week we are doing a prom-themed [show], so we are trying to find people to dance to different songs like Cotton-Eyed Joe and Cha-Cha Slide and other songs like that,” Oien said.
With prom being such a large event in high school, the subject has been split into five different segments. The students will also poll their high school to get the students’ views on their week’s topics. Generally the broadcast covers world reports, local reports, sports and activities, miniature game shows put on by the team, and school happenings. The team tries to get as many other high schoolers involved in the broadcast as they can in order to garner more interest from the students.
The broadcast is prepared over a two-week period. The production plan is the first step, with interviews and filming following that. The students must schedule their interviews and filming time in advance.
“We stay pretty scheduled and focused and follow a plan most of the time,” Hetzler said.
According to Heltzer, the future of the program will show a move to the journalism class, which is partly due to a lack of time to prepare the show. Currently the program has 22 students involved, but the journalism class has less than a third of that number.
To watch previous broadcasts, check out the Wilton High School YouTube page, titled “Wilton CSD,” or the Facebook page, titled “Wilton Jr./Sr. High School.” The Wilton Beaver Broadcast will have two or three more broadcasts by the end of the year, all of which will be uploaded to the two social media sites.