This year our school started a school news show. When I first heard about it from Mrs. Martin, our computer teacher, I was excited and wanted to learn more about it.

 I have always been interested in video editing and I figured being on the news team would give me a chance to improve those skills, as well as other things. Mrs. Martin encouraged everyone in 7th and 8th grade to apply but the catch was we needed to be able to get to school early, at 7:30, and we needed to fill out a pretty long application. I talked to my parents about joining and they agreed they could drive me to school on the mornings the news club met. I filled out the application and got the required teacher recommendations. I was happy to learn that I made the team. 8 students, 3 7th graders and 5 8th graders make up our team this year.


We held our first meeting in the beginning of November. We really didn’t know what to expect. We had a little bit of video editing experience from a video project using Adobe Premier Elements we had done a couple months earlier but that was about it. Mrs. Martin taught us the basics of what would be our new video editing software, Adobe Visual Communicator 6. At our meeting we talked about what we would like to see on our weekly shows and planned our basic format.

In about two weeks the news team was ready to debut the Hart Ransom News show, which aired for the first time on School on November 16, 2007. (You can watch it here SchoolTube :: Home) We’ve been referring to our studio as the “low-cost, no frills” studio because we are able to produce it in a very small space with very inexpensive equipment. Since that first show on November 16, we have produced several more shows which you can see here Search. As you can see we have gotten much better since that first show in November.

Our small arsenal of filming gear includes Adobe Visual Communicator 6 software, a DVR camera, Mrs. Martin’s laptop computer, green screen, lights, and mics. Even though we are a “low-cost no-frills” news show we were chosen to be the featured school in School Video News for the month of February. We were excited to be highlighted! H-R news is now 12 shows strong and growing!

So far my experiences in the H-R news show have been great. Even though we felt like we didn’t really know what we were doing in the beginning, we pulled together and learned together. We weren’t afraid to try and decided that it was ok if it wasn’t perfect in the beginning. Now we realize that we learned by doing and it feels great to have accomplished so much in such a short time.

I have learned much about video editing and have made many new friends in the process. I’ve interviewed students, editing video, set up cameras, lights and mics as well as learned the new production software Visual Communicator. I hope I am able to continue to learn more about video production next year in high school.

I believe that the Hart Ransom news has been a great opportunity for learning about video production and I am grateful that I have been able to be part of it.