Livingston High students entertained, informed through video productions [Merced Sun-Star (Merced, Calif.)]
(Merced Sun-Star (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 09--LIVINGSTON -- Communicating with students has taken on a whole new dimension at Livingston High School.
Every Monday morning, Livingston students watch a weekly video produced by students in classes taught by Gloria Gonzales. It appears like a television newscast would, and the experience has prompted one of the announcers to contemplate a career as a newscaster.
Gonzales, the digital media productions teacher, said six news broadcasts have aired along with four fall sports team videos featuring the football, volleyball, boys soccer and girls tennis teams. Boys and girls water polo, girls golf and cross-country are in the making.
"Our mission is to keep the students, parents and community informed about all the exciting and wonderful things going on at Livingston High School," Gonzales said. "We hope that as the school year continues, we will have more segments involving the community of Livingston in our videos."
All of the videos can be seen on the school's website or by searching for "Wolf Pack News" on YouTube. Videos on going back to school, the Character Counts program and dress-up policies also have been aired.
Livingston Principal Ralph Calderon said the video communication is a change for people on campus.
"I really love it," Calderon said. "We want to stay current in ways to communicate with kids. What better than to put it in a method they like. It's worked, and we have addressed issues as a whole school."
One of the student newscasters is Jackie Garibay, a senior.
"This has been a new and exciting experience for me," Garibay said. "I have developed as a person and I have learned a lot."
Fellow newscaster Marisol Mendoza, carries it a step farther.
"I love being recognized by my peers from the videos. I have always thought about being a newscaster as a career, and now that I'm part of this, it really is a lot of fun and something I'm thinking about pursuing in college," Mendoza said.
Yajaira Barragan and Edgar Pimentel are behind the camera. Barragan is in charge of finding the right students to be in their videos and enjoys this new responsibility.
"Editing the videos is my main job, and it's fun and productive," Pimentel said.
Gonzales said last year she was asked if making videos for the school would be something she was interested in doing, and she was quick to accept the task.
She said the videos are between three and four minutes in length. She produces the videos on YouTube and emails the link to teachers who play it on their computers in the classroom. Each classroom at LHS has video projectors to show the productions.
Gonzales said the leadership students film, edit and produce the videos during fourth period and both lunches. When actors are needed for the videos, they reach out to other leadership students, who she said have been good actors as well as good sports.
Every school club on campus has been featured prominently on the weekly news videos. The club officers are asked to speak about clubs, upcoming events, fundraisers and how to join their clubs. The school's website is www.muhsd.k12.ca.us/Domain/376.
Sun-Star staff writer Doane Yawger can be reached at (209)385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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