At about three weeks into the second semester, CHTV is in full swing.
“It really is like picking up where we last left off,” CHTV supervisor Erin Thorpe said.
Students throughout all levels of CHTV are working on videos for the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters’ competition. Specifically, the Television and Broadcasting 1-2 students are working on a music video project for the competition.
The Television and Broadcasting 3-4 students continue to work on morning announcements and rehearsals are ongoing for that. The Television and Broadcasting 5-6 students are working on their monthly shows such as a documentary on bullying, a variety show and a music show.
Over winter break CHTV aired holiday specials like Forest Dale’s Winter Theater Production and Holiday Spectacular. The station also covered both a women’s and men’s basketball game.
“CHTV continually brings programming to the community, whether school is in session or on break,” said Thorpe.
This semester Thorpe said she wants her staff to hone in on their editing skills.
“A student with great editing skills can make even the most poorly shot video into something special,” Thorpe said. “Students will be learning a variety of specialized editing techniques on editing softwares like ‘Avid’ or ‘Final Cut.’”
As the hype from local news station rises about Indianapolis hosting this year’s Super Bowl, CHTV may have a chance at getting in on the action.
“We are still working on how we would go about doing that,” Thorpe said. “I have several students interested in producing some sort of story; the question is how do we get access.”
Thorpe also said she had a group of students last semester do a story on the construction in preparation for the Super Bowl.
Apart from the skills she hopes her staff learns, Thorpe said she hopes to establish a new CHTV culture by the end of the year.
“It is essential that our program develop into a collaborative effort,” Thorpe said, “one where each student feels almost as though they are part of a family and that their success directly effects everyone in the program.”