Kiwanis Club:Ins and outs of CHS digital media

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 9/17/17

The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland had a special visit from members of Cleveland High School’s digital media program at this past Thursday’s meeting.

The digital media program, which is …

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Kiwanis Club:Ins and outs of CHS digital media

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The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland had a special visit from members of Cleveland High School’s digital media program at this past Thursday’s meeting.

The digital media program, which is responsible for their broadcasting program “CHSLive,” has won numerous national awards and has a worldwide reputation for student broadcasting excellence.

Digital media supervisor Jon Souders was joined by students Rheagan Hall, a “CHSLive Today” producer and sideline reporter, and Cole Shelton, another producer. Together, they explained how “production through the eyes of Generation Z” works.

According to Souders, the success of the program wouldn’t be possible without the full support of CHS and Cleveland City Schools. He also detailed how the students are getting college credit from MTSU and Chattanooga State Community College, and have worked with Lee University in the past.

The digital media program is broken into four different levels. Students have an introduction to editing, learn how to make news packages, produce a live show and then cover all home sporting events and as many away games as possible for a work-based learning credit.

Hall detailed some of the work that goes into the daily news productions, which is broadcast throughout the school, on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope. Hall added that they have viewers from all over the country and world, as some tune in from as far away as South Korea.

The producers arrive around 7:40 a.m. to get their plans together. Then the crew has an hour to prepare and 30 minutes to practice. The show goes live at 9:50 a.m. Some of the more well known things that have come out of “CHSLive” are the football hype video, which is made every year and a news package on the Gatlinburg fires, which can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/198530874.

According to Shelton, the “CHSLive” crew works to be at every event possible. The students can set up one to eight cameras, but usually run an average of four. They are responsible for commentary, sideline reporting and have two producers working in the “CHSLive” trailer.

“It’s a rigorous class, but we all love it,” Shelton declared.

The digital media students are highly active on social media and currently have the most followed Twitter account at CHS. Their “Retweet Tuesday” event is especially popular at the school, with students having the chance to win Chick-fil-A certificates for their participation.

For more information on “CHSLive” and the Cleveland digital media program visit http://chslive.com/, which also includes links to all of their social media accounts.

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email: saralyn.norkus @clevelandbanner.com

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