Red Lion students use Sandy as a chance to cover the news

As Hurricane Sandy approached the region, I noticed some interesting tweets from some Red Lion Area School District accounts.



The Leonid is Red Lion’s student newspaper, and RLA-TV is the students’ television studio. They’ve since retweeted some of the responses they received.

I asked the advisors what they had students doing with Sandy, and I was told they are trying to give students’ authentic experiences of what it’s like to work in the news business, right down to crowdsourcing by social media.

Red Lion has combined the goals of the school newspaper and television studio, said Carol Kelkis, who teaches journalism. She said they want students to be creating multimedia pieces for the school’s paper and online – not just writing stories, but working on video and using social media, too.

The Leonid tweet asked for people to send in their hurricane photos and stories, she said, and students will be following up and gathering stories. They planned to post something online, since the next issue of the paper doesn’t come out early December.

Ben Smith, a science teacher who oversee the television studio, said the students produce an 11-minute morning announcements show live every day. They planned to use photos, videos and interviews to create a segment for that show.

Check out the story in The Leonid, and you can watch their morning announcements to see what the television station did, here.  (You want to watch the morning announcements from Nov. 2.)

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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