, Derry, New Hampshire

February 28, 2013

Londonderry students take on broadcasting jobs

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — Owen Rouse made one final adjustment to all his props before the cameras rolled.

Owen, a fifth-grader at South Elementary School, played chef for the day and filmed a healthy eating segment as part of his class work creating local television programs with help from Londonderry High School advanced television students.

South School students arrived at the Londonderry Access Center on Feb. 20 to begin a morning full of taping information on good health, exercise and other topics they researched for their programs.

The shows on WHLB will be broadcast on local cable channels.

Teacher Jennifer Colantuoni kept watch over her students. Some assumed the roles of anchormen and women, others did special parts of the broadcast. That included Owen’s cooking show in which he created a healthy yogurt and granola parfait.

Students came dressed for the part, wearing suits and ties, and sweater vests. Owen came with a chef’s jacket and hat.

Other schools in the district will also create special programs through the Access Center. High school students take charge of the cameras and set design.

The South School students had researched their topics prior to coming to the studio to create the program.

Some had the script memorized, others needed minimal prompting to get their words out just like a professional broadcaster.

Students took turns being in front of the cameras and behind the scenes to learn how a television show is produced.

Marissa Duragano and her friend Emily Milton made a good team, reading their lines and introducing their friends with interviews and other special reports.

“But it was so scary,” Marissa said when her time behind the camera was completed.