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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor
Eagle Eye News at Jonathan Law looks – and sounds – a lot different this year.
New technology, new students, and new projects have all been featured on the school news which streams live after the first period of every school day.
Broadcast Journalism, the class that is in charge of running Eagle Eye News, is taught by English teacher Mr. Kulenych.
“It’s been an exciting first few months of the year,” Kulenych said. “We’ve been looking forward to getting this new equipment and the kids have been amazing in learning how to use it.”
New high definition Sony cameras allow for higher picture quality than the old cameras and also have different featuring and settings that the class can use.
The news is now being streamed throughout the school online instead of being played on a channel on Law’s television system.
This year, the cameras and new studio equipment have been used to stream Eagle Eye News, record segments for the news, and to film projects outside of the news.
“I’m excited about all the new stuff we have this year,” senior Nick Owens said. “Last year, the old equipment broke down and was hard to work with.”
The Broadcast Journalism class is also currently working on making short news segments to be featured on the Fox 61 Student News. The Fox 61 Student News opportunity allows students from different schools in the state to produce and submit news stories to be featured on Fox’s news stations.
This contest also gives the students who produced superior video the opportunity to be rewarded for their excellence in news work with prizes such as cash rewards.
“This opportunity makes me feel like I have a voice to get information out and express creativity through a video,” senior Jack Pincus-Coyle said.
Also new to Eagle Eye News this year is a podcast network.
Law’s current podcast lineup includes “Fran’s Friday 15,” a music podcast deejayed by Law principal Mr. Thompson, “Four Down Territory,” a sports podcast produced by seniors Nick Owens and Paris Champ, and “Technical Difficulties” produced by history teachers Mr. Zuraw and Mr. Roumeles.
The Jonathan Law iPads in Music class is also developing a podcast to show off its digital music.
“I like doing podcasts because it gives me the opportunity to have fun in school and talk with Roumeles,” Zuraw said.
The streaming technology has also allowed Eagle Eye News to add a radio station to its list of productions. This radio plays Billboard Top 100 music throughout the day and seasonal music for events and holidays.
“We definitely have a lot of projects going at once, but it’s been a lot of fun,” Kulenych said. “The kids are now able to get more real-world experiences in TV and radio and they have more avenues to make an impact on the school community.”