Ladue Horton Watkins High School

LADUE VIEW

Our target audience is the greater Ladue Community, and our goal is to inform and entertain our viewers.

The production of this show is an excellent opportunity for students to experience a professional format and atmosphere by creating a publicly viewed television program. LADUE VIEW airs on Charter Cable21 (Cooperating School District) every Thursday evening at 5pm. New editions air the first Thursday of every month between and including the months of October through May.


   
Broadcast Technology I

Students learn all of the different aspects of the news media, with a central focus on radio and television. Students also learn the various phases of television studio production and gain hands-on experience with professional equipment. Students learn the process of commercials, storytelling, editing and how to capture the images that tell a story viewers will remember. 



Broadcast Technology II

Students learn all of the different aspects of television media, with a central focus the creation of LADUE VIEW. LADUE VIEW is a 45-60 minute, high school produced television news magazine show. Students enrolled in the Broadcast Technology II program at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, write, direct, film, edit and produce news features, entertainment stories, and sports highlights on a monthly basis. Students will produce a variety of projects for our monthly show and for contest entry.



Projects include:
• Music Videos
• “Everybody Has A Story”
• Short films
• Entertainment stories / Video Essay’s
• Documentaries
• Commercials
• Senior Video
• Professional shoots with instructor Mr. Goble



We were able to spend some time with Don Goble:

SVN: Tell us about your background and how you decided to start teaching TV/Video production?

DG: I am in my 3rd year teaching full-time at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. I am the Broadcast Technology Instructor, Co-Director of LHS-TV, and a Ladue School District’s Broadcast Technology Manager. I coach the Varsity Rams Baseball team, as well as handle the Public Address announcing for all Varsity Boys Basketball games.

I have a long history in radio and television. My passion for radio and television blossomed while I was personally attending high school in Chicago during the 1980’s. I graduated from Bradley University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications, specializing in Radio/Television Broadcast Journalism. I worked for a CBS Radio and Television affiliate while at Bradley and after my graduation for 3 years.

I also spent 6 years in the Information Technology world. I changed careers for the last time in 2001, and began substitute teaching for the Kirkwood, Lindbergh and Parkway School Districts. I earned my Missouri Teacher’s Certification in Speech Communications/Fine Arts from Fontbonne University in 2005.

Outside of school, I am on the Executive Board for the “Save A Life Campaign” as their Media/Public Relations Coordinator, http://www.savealifecampaign.com and have produced numerous videos for this cause.
Ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtc03PUvZCE

SVN: How did you obtain initial funding for your program? How do you fund the class now?

DG: Ladue’s broadcasting program began in the late 1980’s by Charles Marshall. Mr. Marshall scraped and clawed to get old or used equipment for the creation of the program, and he personally built a television studio in the high school.

Currently, my program is not truly funded. My partner, Marteana Davidson, runs our Video Technology Center, where our television studio and editing lab is located. It is through her technology funding that we are able to maintain a small group of cameras, tripods, etc. The equipment in our television studio is over 20 years old, but still works well for our purposes.

Since my broadcasting program does not have a budget, all improvements, repairs, etc. come through a small district technology budget monitored by Marteana, or through donations from parents or parent organizations.

SVN: Did you have equipment available?

DG: See answer above. We currently have about 6 functional digital cameras for students, 3 studio cameras, hand-held microphones, 2 wireless microphones, a group of tripods and 12 edit bays that use FinalCut Pro.

SVN: How many kids are in the TV/Video Production classes?  How is it broken down?  Is it a multi-year program?

DG: I currently have 32 Broadcast Technology I students in the fall semester, and 15 Broadcast Technology II students. The spring semester will bring in 36 new Broadcast Technology I students and 19 Broadcast Technology students.

My student numbers have TRIPLED since I began in 2005!

Broadcast Technology I is a 1-semester course and may be taken for a Fine Arts credit, or Practical Arts credit.

Broadcast Technology II is a 1-semester course that is REPEATABLE, which many of my student take advantage of. Students earn a SPECIAL ELECTIVE credit for this course.

SVN: Can you tell us a little more about the sessions:  How long are the classes? How many students? What types of projects?

DG: Classes are in block scheduling, so we meet every other day. Class lengths are 90 minutes long. Students will complete a pre-planning video package, interview, shoot and edit packages with B-roll and record portions of our show in the television studio.

Projects include:
• Television Studio operation
• Headline Newscasts
• Radio Commercials
• Human Interest/Feature stories
• Music Videos
• Public Service Announcements
• “Everybody Has A Story” features
• Short films
• Entertainment stories
• Video Essay’s
• Documentaries
• Television Commercials
• Senior Video
• Professional shoots with instructor Mr. Goble

SVN: How many kids to do the morning news broadcast?  Do you also do a weekly broadcast? Special events coverage?

DG: Our morning news broadcast is a separate entity from my broadcasting classes. We currently have 19 students who produce our live newscast everyday at 9:15. We have 2 different student anchors daily, a floor director, 2 camera operators, a teleprompter, technical director, director, tape operator and soundboard operator. Students who wish to be a part of the live morning newscast audition once a semester. Many of these students are current or former Broadcast Technology students.

Broadcast Technology II produces LADUE VIEW. LADUE VIEW is a 45-60 minute, high school produced television news magazine show. Students enrolled in the Broadcast Technology II program at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, write, direct, film, edit and produce the show on a monthly basis. Our target audience is the greater Ladue Community, and our goal is to inform and entertain our viewers. The production of this show is an excellent opportunity for students to experience a professional format and atmosphere by creating a publicly viewed television program. LADUE VIEW airs on Charter Cable 21 (Cooperating School District) every Thursday evening at 5pm. New editions air the first Thursday of every month between and including the months of October through May.

SVN: What jobs do the kids do?  Do the kids rotate through on-air talent and crew positions or are they “hired” for a specific task?

DG: We currently have 19 students who produce our live newscast everyday at 9:15. We have 2 different student anchors everyday. We also have a floor director, 2 camera operators, a telepromter, technical director, director, tape operator and soundboard operator. The production staff rotates on a bi-monthly basis.

SVN: Do students audition for on-air positions?

DG: Yes!

SVN: Do they write the content? 

DG: Students write their own content for LADUE VIEW. However, our morning newscast are announcements sent in from teachers.

SVN: How long does the show run? 

DG: LADUE VIEW airs October through May and is 45-60 minutes long. Our morning newscasts run live for 5-7 minutes.

SVN: Do you submit programming to independent contest such as those sponsored by StudicaSkills and SchoolTube TV?

DG: Yes! We have been honored with one award from the Student Television Network (Honorable Mention Public Service Announcement for the Spring 2007.) We have entered the Students Choice Awards on SchoolTube this fall 2007.


SVN: Can your broadcast be viewed outside the school? District-wide?  Local cable access?  On your school/district web-site?

DG: LADUE VIEW airs on Charter Cable 21 (Cooperating School District) every Thursday from 5-6 pm, October – May. Our morning newscast is seen on every television in the school on closed circuit. We also rerun LADUE VIEW during our Academic Lab period the day after the show is complete on our schools closed circuit televisions.

We have the capability to air our show on the web, but I don’t have the people/resources to help me do this. Streaming our show and productions on the web is a HUGE goal for me this year.

SVN: Do you have an equipment list you can share with our readers?
DG: We use Panasonic digital cameras and FinalCut Pro as our editing software. We use Sennheiser wireless microphones.

SVN: Have any quick start tips!
DG: Pick a skill to teach to your students and master it before moving on. Try not to be all things to everybody. Pick and choose your opportunities based upon your students’ interests and talents. Master filming, or interviewing, or music videos, etc. before feeling the need to be able to produce ALL types of video. Allow for your students to feel some success right away and not feel overwhelmed. Most importantly, be passionate about their learning and they will follow your lead and feed off of your enthusiasm!