School of Communication Hosts First Media Day for High School Students

November 09, 2022
Submitted By: Mary Ingarra

Nearly 40 students from Enfield, Simsbury, South Windsor, and Weaver high schools participated in the School of Communication’s first Media Day on Friday, Nov. 4. Created to give high school students a chance to see and experience what it is like to be a student in UHart’s School of Communication, the event was held in partnership with FOX61 News.

The visiting students worked with the School of Communication faculty and students to get hands-on experience in all the studios and learning spaces. They sat in anchor chairs and got behind the camera in the STN TV studio, recorded in the podcasting studio, and set up and learned about lighting for a video shoot. Students also brainstormed ideas for a distracted driving Public Service Announcement contest, learned about job opportunities in sports journalism and got advice on how to create an interesting broadcast news story.

Many of the students who attended Media Day will be submitting news stories to the FOX61 Student News Awards which is held on campus and hosted by the School of Communication each June. The award winners who apply and are accepted to the College of Arts and Sciences will each get a $5,000 scholarship toward their tuition if they enroll in any A&S program. A second Media Day is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, with three additional high schools.

Students worked with STN staff on a news program.

One of the highlights of the day was students recording in the podcast studio.

School of Communication Faculty Member Zachary Haines led a lighting demonstration.