Live @ Lincoln Lets Students Be the Reporters
Published on 3/10/16
District News Lincoln Middle School
This year at Lincoln Middle School, a group of seventh graders were the first students to take part in the new Live @ Lincoln news program.
Thanks to a grant request by Library/Media Specialist Kate Taddeo and funding from the SCSD Educational Foundation, the students worked together in teams to write and film segments on everything from sports to people in the news to interviews with school staff to crime reporting and more. Then, using Windows Live Movie Maker, they edited their work to form a complete story.
“They get to use cameras and computers… this is a great way to catch their attention,” Ms. Taddeo explained. “We’ve talked about the background of the media—how the news is reported and things like that. They’ve really liked it!”
The grant allowed for the creation of a recording studio in the school library, as well as an HD camcorder and accessories, a laptop to edit work, a StreamEez Pro to stream live over the Internet and more. Students said they enjoyed the experience, but that they were surprised at the effort that goes into producing a news show.
“It has been great to work on the news,” seventh grader Bashal Abdi said. “But writing and producing the news was really hard! My favorite part was writing a script and recording a video.”
Classmate Jasmine Smalley agreed. “The editing was fun, but it was harder than I thought! I liked holding the camera—it’s the most important role. It would be nice to work in the news one day, but if I was in front of the camera, I would freeze up! I’d want to be behind the scenes.”
Keep up the great work, Live @ Lincoln! This is one of 19 projects funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation in 14 schools this year, totaling $50,000. The SCSD Educational Foundation has funded more than $750,000 in SCSD projects since 2003.