School of Communication Hosts Media Day Events for High School Students

Students from eight Connecticut High Schools were recently given the chance to see what it's like to be a student in UHart's School of Communication. As part of Media Day activities held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, students and faculty led workshops in all studios and learning spaces to give the students hands-on experiences. The event was held in partnership with Fox61 News and Impact Teen Drivers.

Students took turns sitting in the news anchor chairs and getting behind the cameras in the STN2 TV studio, recording in the podcast studio, and learning 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. 

One of the teachers from John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury said, "My students and I enjoyed everything, and even now they are emailing me on how amazing the day was and how much they learned. I have been teaching in Waterbury for 27 years, and this was by far one of the best trips I have taken with students."

Many of the Media Day attendees 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 UHart, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship toward their tuition if they enroll in any College of Arts and Sciences program. The School of Communication is planning more Media Day visits this spring. 

Fox61 News led a workshop on creating a TV news story.

Students learned about lighting techniques for film and video.

A highlight of the visit was recording podcasts with classmates.

Students learned how to produce a newscast.