6th Graders Enjoy Their Visit to 9 & 10 News

The sixth grade class of Onekama School met news anchor Courtney Hunter and
meteorologist Haleigh Vaughn on set at the 9 & 10 News offices in Cadillac.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS AND BEHIND THE SCENES

Onekama Middle School Students Tour 9 & 10 Studios

 

On Tuesday, March 6, 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.

 

“I always wondered how the news was made, and so it was really interesting to see everything that happens behind the scenes,” commented Onekama sixth grade student Heather Zielinski.

 

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 loved it when we were in the control room and we got to watch the news happen live from behind the camera,” said student Tucker Pratt. “The best part was when we got to sign off at the end of the newscast and be on TV!”






The boys enjoy doing a disappearing act in a green
sweatshirt
 in front of a green screen!


Jacob Jauregui, Caden Bradford, and Jack Meszaros 

sharpen their interview skills on set.








Onekama students Arden Bradford and Kaleb Chisholm
take on the role of meteorologists






Following the live taping of the noon news, Onekama students had the opportunity to speak with the reporters and to experience life from behind the anchor’s desk. (Show here: student Heather Zielinski with anchor Courtney Hunter.)



Photos Provided by
Mrs. Megan McCarthy

March 2019
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