Most beginning broadcast journalism students at The University of Texas at Austin are always looking for opportunities to gain experience. There is nothing like the hands-on learning that a student can gain in the “the real world” of broadcasting. The knowledge I gained at the Texas Computer Education Association with School Video News and School Tube was one of my first experiences outside of the UT campus. It was wonderful!
This was my first time working with School Video News and School Tube. These organizations provide numerous resources for students and teachers who are interested in the broadcast production. I honestly wish there had been an E-online magazine such as School Video News when I was a K-12 student. I visited the SVN site to learn about what I was covering at the conference and learned plenty from just a few articles. The interviewing basics, makeup for camera and other articles reinforced what I am learning in my journalism classes at UT.
The TCEA convention is one of the largest in the country. As an interviewer, I had a blast talking to people from all over the state. I interviewed students, teachers, and a few exhibitors from TCEA about their experiences with the convention and plans for the future. There was plenty to gain in one week.
We experimented with the green screen and different camera techniques, such as stand-up and sit-down shots. It was my first time interviewing on camera. I learned about asking questions, pacing yourself, and controlling voice inflections when speaking.
Part of the on-camera skills I acquired developed from continual practice. Every time I had an interview, we would watch the playback and analyze it. We broke down hand gestures, voice inflections, eye contact, and facial expressions to help improve the interview and its fluidity. This was one of the best parts of working at TCEA. I received one-on-one critiques from other professionals from SchoolTube, who helped me improve in just a matter of days.
I also had the privilege of mentoring students from Austin’s New Tech Manor High School. They were involved in production classes at their high school and came to the convention to put their skills to use. Working with the kids was a blast for me because I shared my experiences about college and the broadcasting world with them. We gathered B-roll using still and moving shots and learned the basics of interviewing. They also learned where to hold the microphone, what kind of questions to ask, and how to respond to the camera.
Overall, the students picked up new skills and perfected others. They did a great job. I think the most fun was watching them interview each other on set. Interviewing on camera can be intimidating but many of the students took the initiative and did an excellent job while recording. Other students were really involved in the production side of broadcasting and took to the graphics and behind-the-camera action.
Working my first TCEA conference was great, and I am looking forward to representing School Video News and School Tube at future conventions. These programs are excellent for students just starting out or for people with experience. It was a great learning experience for me. You never stop acquiring knowledge!
Reporting from Austin, TX, this is Katie Bridges.
Katie Bridges is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a student in the School of Journalism in the College of Communication and is specializing in broadcast journalism. With an extensive background in football, Katie would like to work in sports broadcasting as a reporter or announcer with ESPN and its college football. Katie is an intern at School Video News.