Illinois Public Media is teaching students at Stratton Leadership and Microsociety Magnet School how to produce video newscasts for their Strattonville microsociety.
The case of the missing corn snake headlined the first school newscast in December. Student newscasters Lihi and Terry reported that the snake was assumed to be loose in the school after its cage door was accidentally left open. Although the snake was harmless, “it would still be helpful—to the snake—if it were found,” Lihi said.
The newscasts are part of the “media venture” project of the school microsociety, named Strattonville by students. WILL received a grant from Unit 4 Schools to provide training for both students and teachers.
A team of 10 students produced the news show, which premiered during a school assembly in December, after other students reported stories, wrote scripts, and filmed and edited video. It also featured weather and a video story about the media venture project. Each time a new newscast is done, students upload it to the Web, where teachers in each classroom can access it and play it for students. It’s also available for parents and others to see at strattonsociety.org/.
Illinois Public Media’s Henry Radcliffe and College of Media intern Alison Marcotte are teaching the students TV studio production; Kimberlie Kranich shows them how to interview, report and research; and Molly Delaney teaches them media literacy skills. Stratton teachers Erin Uppinghouse and Monty Rose are working with the students.
Students spent two months learning their jobs, and becoming familiar with the equipment. At first, they didn’t know that “stand by to cue the talent” meant “get ready to cue them,” not “go ahead and cue them.” Learning to read the teleprompter without moving their heads left to right was another challenge. And camera operators were still working during the first taping to remember to hold the cameras still.
As they crowded around a monitor to watch the playback after completing the taping, students had big smiles on their faces as they saw themselves and heard their voices. “You’ve really come a long way,” Henry told them. “You should be proud.”
The popular travel writer and public TV host will share what he’s learned in 30 years of travel during a special fundraising event at 6 pm Thursday, March 14, at the I Hotel in Champaign. Keep reading to find out how to get tickets.
Tickets are $35. Seating is limited. To make your reservation, email WILL’s Tracy Wikoff at email@example.com or call her at 217-333-7300.
Steves, host of the public television series, Rick Steves' Europe on WILL-TV and WILL-AM's Travel with Rick Steves, will talk about how travel has broadened his perspective and why that matters. Included are tidbits such as why India is his favorite country, why trains are pulling into European stations with birds squished onto their windshields, and how travel challenges truths we’ve always just assumed were “self-evident and God-given.”
From Kurdish wood carvers proudly holding up their chisels to teary-eyed Germans atop their new parliament building, the world is changing and America is challenged, says Steves. Today’s travel writer can be much like the medieval court jester, he says. He can bring home the truth and not get killed.
Steves will be a guest on WILL-AM's Focus at 10 am Wednesday, Feb. 27. Do you have questions for him? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, post them on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Focus580 or tweet us at @Focus580. You can also call in during the show.
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- FM 90.9 HD1 airs a simulcast of the FM music service
- FM 90.9 HD2 airs a 24-hour music service, including programming from the C-24 classical music service and WILL-FM’s locally produced programs
- HD3 airs the news and information service, also available on AM 580.
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Get AM 580’s news and information 24 hours a day in Mahomet, Monticello, Decatur and even further west. Digital radio dramatically improves reception and sound quality. Within WILL-FM’s primary service area the digital signal will not be subject to interference or fading caused by buildings and other radio signals. And the background hiss heard in communities farther away from our Monticello-based transmitter (including Champaign and Urbana) is gone. The digital radio installation was funded with a $75,000 federal grant, a major gift from Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and generous gifts from a number of Friends of WILL.