Did you know that students at Lake Highlands High School produce their own weekly news program? Led by Paul Matchniff who teaches video technology, two teams of anchors and four technology classes present the week’s world, national, & local news, weather, sports, entertainment news - even commercials. The show is done LIVE to tape each Thursday, then shown in classes Friday. “This isn’t school announcements, this is real news,” I was told by the teacher lovingly called “Match” by his students. Senior David Springer said many tryout for the eight coveted spots as anchor. “Some are serious journalism students,” senior Will Klindworth confessed, “but many are theater students who just love to be on camera.”
OK, Peter Jennings they are not (yet), but they are lucky to have this opportunity to get some hands-on experience if they are trying to gain admittance into the highly competitive college journalism programs around the country. There’s nothing like being able to send a video portfolio of your previous broadcast work with your college ap. And, if they discover after a stint at KLHS that TV news is NOT their calling, they’ve saved their parents a few thousand dollars in wasted time at the J-school. Win-win. Another excellent program for high achieving students at LHHS.Go J-Cats! Go here if you’d like to watch their KLHS broadcast on the web.