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Your school’s television newscast production is an exciting event that requires coordinated planning, preparation and execution. If you plan to have a great school newscast, we have found that a number of excellent high school broadcast programs around the country are using the EZNews Newsroom System for their newscasts and other shows. School Video News recently reviewed EZNews and arrived at the following conclusions.
With current demands placed on broadcast instructors and the limited time available for you to prepare your students, the best way to ensure that a well established news gathering and news production process is followed by everyone on your news team is the implementation of, the established standard for newscast production, a Newsroom Computer System (NRCS). In fact, a NRCS is the only choice of serious and competitive broadcast programs because these productions require a uniquely efficient, effective and structured workflow that cannot be well performed by unconnected tools.
For educators, your NRCS must be both easy to learn and easy to use for the average student because, in a relatively small amount of time, all members of your news team and production crew must be ready to fulfill their rolls and cooperate to produce a well executed and informative program. Your NRCS must be able to run on standard and readily available “off the shelf” computers, which in most cases, are already available and in place at your school. Finally, you NRCS must be flexible enough for use in both studio production and in-class instruction.
For productions, your NRCS must properly facilitate all of the basic integrated newscast planning and production functions including story assignments, script writing/approval/printing, rundown building, show and segment timing, producing, directing, teleprompting and complete show archiving as well as optional interfaces with common production devices such as broadcast quality character generator (CG) solutions.
In the classroom, your NRCS must allows instructors to teach and students to practice specific broadcast news skills such as news writing, show building and other required production skills in an open environment.
Our review concludes that EZNews successfully meets these requirements and is an excellent choice for any high school broadcast program. Each EZNews system includes complete on-sight configuration session for your newscast and other shows as well as thorough on-sight training at your school for all appropriate teachers, students and staff. EZNews also includes first class customer support and maintains an active software development schedule with new features and functions available each year.
At the Blue Valley School District, Bruce McRoberts, Mark Ekstrand and the award winning BVTV student news team find EZNews to be a powerful tool for their live newscasts and other productions, it really saves them time and, before they go to air, they know that all stories fully edited and approved, every element is timed out and all elements are placed exactly in the correct order. Any last minute changes are automatically updated in the teleprompter and the interface with their character generator allows us to automatically generate an air-ready playlist.
Students at Germantown High School’s GHS-TV in Germantown, TN use EZNews and maintain one of the most active production schedules of any high school in the country by producing both their student newscast and a number of other cable access programs with the software. Germantown is not only a leading high school programs in the nation, but the public access facility is also an award winning station.
At the Omaha Public Schools, Doug Walker and his students at the District’s Career Center use EZNews for their newscasts. Doug recently wrote “Lovin’ the program (EZNews). What a life saver!” Doug came to Omaha Public Schools with a strong commercial news background, has a great understanding of both the functional skill set and experience his students will need for their first job in television news. He is successfully reaching his goal to provide real world newscast production tools for his students.
Broadcast Instructor Ann Bertoldie and her students from Liberty High School in Liberty, MO use EZNews for their award winning KLHS TV News and other programs including district wide interview and other programs. Recently, Ann wrote, “EZNews is working very well. We are very pleased with our purchase…” Liberty is one of many schools that plan to use EZNews for many years to come.
To inquire about EZNews for your newscasts and other show productions, we encourage you to visit the EZNews website: www.eznews.com, call them toll free at (888) 326-1415 or visit with an EZNews representative in person at the upcoming Student Television Network Convention and other broadcast educator conventions.