6th Graders Visit the 9 & 10 News Offices

The sixth grade class of Onekama School at the 9 & 10 News offices in Cadillac

Lights, camera, action!


On Monday, February 12, the sixth grade class of Onekama Consolidated Schools spent the school day at the 9&10 News offices in Cadillac, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the news.


The class recently completed the novel The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. It is set in the 1967-1968 school year, and it is told through the eyes of a middle school child. It is a turbulent time in American history, and in the novel, the family watches Walter Cronkite's broadcast on the television each night and tries to process together news about the Vietnam War, protests at the Pentagon, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the launch of the Saturn V rocket, the Beatles, the 1968 Yankees, and other events. 


As an extension to the novel, each student conducted research about an event from this time in American history and then wrote his/her own news report. The class also watched recordings of Walter Cronkite's CBS News broadcasts of each of the events covered in the novel.


“I thought it would be fitting to take the class to see a current day taping of the CBS news, and so I contacted TV 9 & 10,” explained middle school English teacher Megan McCarthy. “They arranged for a private tour of their studios, a live-viewing as the noon news was taped in their studio, and a meet-and-greet with the anchor and meteorologist.”


The students were fascinated to learn how many departments worked in tandem in order to make the news each day.


“Going to see every office and getting to see their employees’ daily lives was amazing,” said sixth grade student Lauren Quinn. “I am glad we got to see what kind of job opportunities there are at 9 & 10. I think every job would be exciting but they are more complicated than I realized.”


Students were able to tour the offices of each department, and ask questions of the director, cameraperson, anchor, and meteorologist. They looked up close at the equipment necessary to produce television shows, and even had some fun with the green screen.


“I had so much fun at the studio, and it was really cool to see how the show was put together behind the scenes,” said student Taryn Bronson. “The best part was when we got to take turns announcing the weather on the green screen!”


“It was really cool that they let our class be on TV live at the end of the show,” added Connor Tanner. “I am so glad that we got to see how all of it is done.”

Onekama student Noah Pate steps inside 
the life of a meteorologist

Following the live taping of the noon news, students met news anchor Courtney Hunter 
and meteorologist Melanie Steinberg.
 Drew McIsaac and Sarah Johnson sharpen 
their interview skills on set

Anchor Courtney Hunter answered student questions.