Congrats to Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, on being selected as this week’s School of the Week!
RJTV has been part of the School Broadcast Program for three years. The program is run as a club and is open to all students. Currently, 20 students are members of the RJ Sports Broadcast club. The school hopes to add a Sports Broadcasting class in 2014-2015. Many of their students have gone on to do internships with various broadcast entities.
Adam Dawkins, the program’s advisor, shared some background and thoughts on the program with us:
Our RJTV Sports Network broadcasting students work in teams of four or five. Once they are trained, they can be completely self-sufficient. They meet at lunch to prepare and to train newcomers, they travel with the athletic teams, they stay late at night and they come in early.
Working with them is an absolute thrill. The experience of being live on air is so completely real — so full of energy, passion and raw decision-making — the students are hooked after one broadcast. The improvement from one game to the next is amazing. A member of a broadcasting team gets first-hand experience in research skills, public speaking, interviewing, troubleshooting, production-based software and video broadcast technology, professional collaboration, market analysis and more.
And there’s a place for everyone. The technical computer guru in the producer’s chair, the statistician, the on air play-by-play and commentary personalities, the sideline reporters, the camera operator, and the spotter all work together in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment to deliver a product to their audience LIVE. It doesn’t get any more real than this.
We’ve had viewers from Alaska, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada and Germany. Eight hundred viewers watched a football playoff game that was held six hours away in the corner of our state. We won the game on a last-second touchdown reception in the back of the end zone.
I feel very fortunate to work with these awesome young people as they figure out who they are and what they want to do. Whatever it is, I know they will totally rock it. If this is a small reason why, that’s pretty darn cool.
See the team in action! Check out this video Regis Jesuit produced about their program:
Finally, you can follow RJTV on Twitter at @RJ_Media
To be considered for School of the Week, simply send us your behind the scenes pictures of your broadcast team in action at an event, school activity or newscast. It’s that easy! Tag your photos on Twitter or Instagram with #WeAreHighSchool or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.