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A new building has been constructed to provide Los Alamos High School students with a better learning environment. And despite the fact that students go about their daily lives, something has been missing on campus, specifically, news targeted to meet the informational needs and interests of teens.
Beginning this week, LAHS students will be able to view a televised news program broadcast by students who bring them news about campus life.
The program is designed to reach students with current news and stories that make a difference and impact their daily lives. The 10- to 15-minute program will not only share news, but will also voice the opinions of various students around campus.
Students will be able to watch newscasts at kiosks throughout common areas at the school. They will also be able to watch from every classroom, through podcasts. Teachers can download them and share them with their classes via projector.
Ready to lead the way in starting the news program is Ross Mason, manager of the Duane Smith Auditorium. “I’ve been trying to get this project started for two years. Now I feel that I have the right people in charge and I can’t wait to see how great it’s going to be,” Mason said. “It’s only as big as you make it!”
Students and teachers are coming together to work on the project. Literature teachers will edit scripts before taping to ensure integrity and quality.
Sophomores Mirelle Naud and Maria Jaleh McTeigue will lead the broadcast and are already working on assignments.
McTeigue brings one year of experience writing for the Los Alamos Monitor’s Teen Pulse page. Naud has extensive experience in acting in Los Alamos High School productions and writing skits, some of which have been performed at the high school.
Both students are excited about sharing the details of the LAHS events. “I’m really excited about the many topics that can be covered,” Naud said. “I encourage everyone to watch.”
The group is working to provide teens with stories that could have an impact on them. Mason said, “We plan to have hard-hitting stories and cover as much of the LAHS population as possible. The news program is intended to give each student a voice. Above all else, I want the purpose of this project to inform students about the truth.”
High school students will run the news program and hope to influence teens in a positive way.
The newscasts will feature campus news, highlights of high school athletics rarely covered, campus events and interviews of students, faculty and staff.
Those interested in being part of the program should contact Mason, McTeigue or Naud. Students interested in broadcasting on-air and those interested in the technical aspect of the project are needed.
The project needs faces in front of the screen and students interested in helping with the technical side of the project. If you want to be a roving reporter or a techie, you are encouraged to contact Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org; Naud at email@example.com; or McTeigue at firstname.lastname@example.org.