How one school roars into the future of broadcast journalism

Hands-on learning students proves valuable for college readiness


Broadcast journalism has adopted much technological advancement throughout the years, which has affected how we get our news. From radio to television, the internet and live streaming, the news has become more instantaneous and accessible than ever before.

I write this not only as having worked with the Student Television Network (STN) since its inception in 1999, but also as having taught broadcast journalism for the past 30 years. I’ve spent the last 16 years teaching the discipline at Searcy High School (SHS), located in Searcy, AR.

As technology changes, I make sure to change with it. Otherwise, what good am I doing for the students? The Searcy School District is very supportive of the program’s needs, but as a public school, we have to be conscious of budget. Thankfully there exists professional and affordable equipment for students to learn on.

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