As Hurricane Sandy approached the region, I noticed some interesting tweets from some Red Lion Area School District accounts.
RLA-TV will be covering the storm.Send your hurricane picts and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org #rlsandytales
— Red Lion Area SHS (@rlashs) October 29, 2012
— The Leonid (@TheLeonid) October 29, 2012
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.