The School Video News / SchoolTube Broadcast Center heads to two power-packed conferences this month.
Our first stop is SkillsUSA in Kansas City, then on to ISTE/NECC in San Antonio. If you are attending either conference, make sure you stop by and see a working media center produce interviews, conference coverage, and product demonstrations. The Broadcast Center is a working studio that could be implemented in any K-12 environment.
“We had four objectives in mind when we originally created the concept of the Broadcast Center”, says John Churchman, publisher of School Video News. “First, as an eMagazine devoted to TV and Video Production in the K-12 environment, we wanted to create a showcase for products that could be implemented at any grade level. Second, we wanted to create a lab environment in which local schools could participate in the production of programming for the conference which could include producing stories featuring topical conference events, interviews, and streaming of live coverage such as keynote speeches. Third, the Broadcast Center can facilitate distribution of safe programming and moderated content sharing through SchoolTube, and finally, The Broadcast Center affords the hosting conference the ability to create content for other organization functions, such as next year’s event.”
The original design of the Broadcast Center was a joint effort between TPC Technologies and Philmagic Productions, both of Niles, Michigan. Their assignment was to create a studio that could be replicated at any event in any city without the need to transport components from event to event. Based around NewTek’s TriCaster and its “studio in a box” capabilities, SVN works closely with full-service TriCaster dealers in the cities where major events are staged. Typically, the dealer provides the video equipment and staging. Other partners include PrompterPeople who supply lighting, Teleprompters and other studio equipment. The Broadcast Center is staged in a 20’ x 20’ exhibit space but can be scaled down to a 10’ x 20’.
At some events, The Broadcast Center is the focal point for student news teams gathering stories from the conference. Student reporters plan and produce their stories at the on-site conference news room. Facilities offered include virtual news sets through the use of the TriCaster LiveSet technology using green screen techniques, complete lighting and audio, and live streaming to the Internet. Content can be posted on SchoolTube, the only moderated site for school content, the conference website or, by arrangement, used in other media.