President Barack Obama traveled to the Gulf Coast on Monday to visit three states affected by the oil spill disaster. Tonight, the president will return to Washington to make his first national address on the disaster, which will also be the first time he will speak to the nation from the Oval Office. The PBS NewsHour will have live coverage anchored by Judy Woodruff starting at 7 p.m.
You can watch the President’s speech live on KLRU, 18.1 or streaming right here on KLRU.org (live stream will switch to President’s address at 7pm.)
On Wednesday we told you about KLRU’s partnership with NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and shared one of their packages. I had the opportunity to visit these students and mentors in action, here’s my report. – Sara
My first impression of the Austin High School media studio was jealousy. Large screen Macs lined the walls and around the corner I spotted edit suites, a voice-over booth, control room and even a news set. Gil Garcia, Digital Filmmaking Instructor at AHS, told me much of the equipment is part of the schools Career and Technical Education program. Kids involved with CTE can receive certification in different areas of television production, such as Final Cut Pro.
The students participating in the Student Reporting Lab won’t get graded on their work however, this is currently an extracurricular activity that takes place during their lunch hour. Mentors Lynn Boswell, producer of KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks, and Erika Aguilar, KUT reporter, volunteer on their own time to help these kids and today they even provided pizza. Over the short lunch period I observed Lynn and Erika work with the students on choosing sound bites, story angles and the importance of logging interviews. It was energizing to see the collaboration between the news pros and news newbies and the kids really seemed to appreciate the guidance. One thing is for sure, as the production process of reporting changes nothing will replace helpful advice from a mentor.
Videography by Sara Robertson & Eve Tarlo. Editing by Eve Tarlo.
Sara Robertson is the Director of On-Air Marketing at KLRU and in her day used S-VHS and Video Toaster to produce high school morning announcements.
KLRU is participating in a pilot program for students around the country to create their own NewsHour Reports to be shared on NewsHour Extra (the student and teacher web site of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer). The program, called Student Reporting Labs, teams up individual classrooms with local area journalists, and the national NewsHour Team.
In Austin, KLRU is the sponsoring station for these students and KUT is helping to mentor them. This year we are working with students from Academy for Global Studies and the Media Lab at Austin High School.
Check out Austin High School students Joanne Troutner and Lee Mendez’s report on climate change on the NewsHour Extra site.
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, six child care providers, their friends and family gathered in the Austin City Limits Studio to be celebrated as outstanding caregivers in Central Texas. Melissa Huber, 2008 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, presented a short training on conflict resolution using A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa parenting series. Kierstan Schwab, Executive Director, Texas Public Broadcasting Association, discussed the role TPBA has had in early child care. After a catered lunch, the providers viewed a short KLRU-produced video on the 2010 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, Brandi & David Hitchcock of Austin TX. To wrap up the celebration, Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO presented each caregiver with a certificate and a bag of gifts as our way of saying “Thank you!”
Congratulations to the following caregivers: Christine Baird, from Kyle, TX; Tony Bingham, from Austin, TX; Martha Carrillo, from San Marcos, TX; Margaret Coose, from Austin, TX; and Linda Woodard, from Pflugerville, TX for being selected as an outstanding caregiver in Central Texas!
Photos from the event:
Video profile of Brandi & David Hitchcock, the 2010 KLRU Caregivers of the Year winners.