Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Steven Smith
Forest, VA- The television news business is tough work. There are tight deadlines, breaking news and a lot of pressure. Some students at Forest Middle School are diving into the business, and the kids already have a lot of experience.
Several of the students in the Channel 6 News program at Forest Middle School have participated in broadcasting programs in elementary school. The Bedford County school system uses the program to give kids real life experience in the television world and teach them some life lessons along the way.
Every school day around 8:30 a.m. the kids of the Channel 6 Morning Show get to work.
"We come in and fix the teleprompter," said Taylor Rudich, an eighth grader at Forest Middle School and participant in the Channel 6 News program.
In the control room, the production staff checks over the shots.
"I operate the video mixer or the switcher. What it really does is it switches between the cameras and does the effects," said Lizzie Hunter, seventh grader.
The anchors rub sleep from their eyes and make sure the cameras are just right.
"Can you push the camera down," said Rudich as students prepared for the show.
This is Forest Middle School's Channel 6 Morning News.
"I prepare by looking great. But we also just practice over and over again," said Jeremieh Ward, an eighth grader.
In their self-made studio they hit the big stories of the day.
"Today for lunch we'll be having bread and mozzarella sticks, Stromboli or manager's choice," said Rudich as she reads the newscast.
"I think that they are getting more comfortable talking, public speaking. They also have to adapt and improvise," said Steve Hammer, a computer teacher at Forest Middle School. Hammer also manages the Channel 6 News program.
"We talk about new camps and clubs that are coming up...sports and the basic information," said Rudich.
The kids pull it off like pros but admit they still get nervous.
"Well if you press a wrong button or mess up a little bit the whole school sees it," said Hunter.
But in the future, these students hope you who will see their work on the tube.
"I would definitely want like to do this," said Rudich.
Next year, the school would like to expand the school. They would like to get more students involved, and feature more school activities.