Thanks to the generosity of various donors, members of the Tunkhannock Area Middle School Broadcast Club will be publishing a digital newsletter for the school district.
Advisor Melissa Michlowski, the seventh grade Language Arts Teacher, explained that the club recently purchased a Mevo Plus camera. The camera, she said, comes with a tablet, allowing a person to remotely edit something while it being recorded. The operator can perform functions such as wide shots and close ups via the tablet, instead of having to constantly remain at the camera.
Michlowski said she obtained the $950 to purchase the Mevo Plus with the help of a website called donorschoose.org. Teachers post their projects, asking for donations.
“It’s similar to applying for a grant,” she explained.
A lucky break occurred when Michlowski learned that AT&T would provide a match for all the donations she received.
“So we got it for half the value,” she said.
Private donations were made via the website - some as far away as California, Michlowski. The camera was obtained a few weeks ago, and students of the Broadcast Club have been familiarizing themselves with the equipment.
“I’m really happy that we now have a place where we can let our passions out through all of our,” said Harley Miller, 14. “It’s a great opportunity to show people what we can do.”
“It’s really a great program,” said Caillou Kaneski, 14. “Mrs. Michlowski did a great job putting it together, allowing us to express ourself through writing.”
“It’s really a nice place,” said Colin Fetterman, 14. “It’s really cool, those that donated to this project.”
Fetterman is the group’s cameraman, and has been working extensively with the new equipment.
“It helps a lot,” he said. “It’s like having a Teleprompter. It makes it more professional.”
“It’ really a great place to have fun and be ourselves, and enjoy the company,” said Daizya Hunting, 13.
The club is working on producing a digital newsletter. Although plans have not be finalized, there’s a good possibility of publishing it on the district’s website, Michlowski said.
“Teachers from all over the district have been sending us stories,” Michlowski explained.
The students add the information to a fact sheet, she continued, and turn it into a format that will be published on the newsletter.
“Sometimes teachers send us videos and pictures,” she said. “After it’s all edited down, I’ll add them to make the stories more visually interesting.”
Michlowski said she got the idea for a digital newsletter thanks to her background in communication.
“The administration approached me about the possibility of students publishing something with news about the district,” she said. “So we decided to start the Broadcast Club. While some of the students are part of the school’s news broadcast team, others are here because they’re more interested in writing.
The purpose of the digital newsletter is to provide information about what is going on in the district - particularly in individual classrooms.
“It be a way that all the stories is put in one place, allowing it to be shared with parents and other faculty members in the district,” she said.
“We’re hoping to have it out by mid-April,” Michlowski said about the first publication date. “We might be able to get two done by the end of the year. And hopefully continue in the fall.”