BRATTLEBORO -- This just in ... conducting a news broadcast about local citizens and issues can be a lot of fun for youngsters.
That was the report coming out of the Brattleboro Municipal Building after a screening of a pre-recorded news segment put together as part of Brattleboro Community Television's youth video camp. Twelve campers started the project Monday and invited their parents and friends to the building's third floor Friday to see the result of their work.
The broadcast consisted on news reports pertaining to The Brooks House, the Brattleboro Police Department and the local farmers' market as well as "paid advertisements," a sports report and a weekend forecast. Camp Director Frederic Noyes told the Reformer the camps -- for children ages 9 through 13 -- began in 2008 and are a great way to keep children entertained while teaching them about the ins and outs of the broadcast industry.
"In the past, it's been a little more just sort of suited to whatever skills or interests people had. And this time we were really just sort of trying to get them outside of their comfort zones, slightly," he said after nearly all the people had left. "I enjoy it. The kids are a lot of fun. Some of them are so dedicated and so focused and it's really great to see."
Skylar Fitch and Quinn Houston served as anchors for the show and introduced each report after delivering some background information of them. The first story was of the redevelopment of The Brooks House, which was ravaged by a fire in April 2011. They explained how the blaze "ripped through" the building.
After the screening, Skylar told the Reformer she had a great time filming the news broadcast and would like to do it again next year.
The field reporters' stories -- which also included news of the Brown & Roberts Ace Hardware store changing hands, GMOs in food products, the local Boys & Girls Club of America and street food -- came following some commercials for video cameras and plush toilet paper and before a sports report from Jonah Bingham and Rei Kimura
Jonah told the Reformer he enjoyed reporting on professional sports and doing research on the GMOs story.
"I thought it was really fun," he said. "My favorite part was probably the GMO project."
Rei echoed Bingham's sentiments and looks forward to doing another project.
"It was really fun. We didn't really know what we needed to do but we edited pretty quick," she said. "I would definitely do this again next year."
A weekend forecast followed the sports report.
BCTV Executive Director Cor Trowbirdge said the objective of this year's camp was to make sure the campers were getting experience with camera presence, editing, writing and videography. Noyes said he it is important to show young people all the aspects of the business.
It must of worked -- because Skylar said she might now be interested in a career in broadcasting.
A complete list of campers and staffers is as follows: Campers Jonah Bingham, Skylar Fitch, Rei Kimura, Quinn Houston, Amelia Conley, Micah Danforth, Ian Danforth Gold, Jacob Hoskins, Cayden Leary, James Shanti, Bella Takacs and Lily Tessitore; Staffers Camp Director Frederic Noyes, Camp Assistant Nolan Edgar, Camp Assistant Allison Appell, BCTV Production Manager Roland Boyden, BCTV Operations Manager Vlasta Popelka and camp intern Adam Hinckley.
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