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  • September 13, 2022

Sep 13, 2022
NEW EXPERIENCES — Senior multimedia and design students Drew Schroyer, left, working on production controls, and on-air talent Torry Burks, Sydni Cunningham, Annabelle Morgan and Peyton Marsh will have more advantages with new equipment in their program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. — Contributed
BLOOMINGDALE — Multimedia and design students have some extra enhancements for learning at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
New laptops, broadcast equipment and capabilities for remote streaming and production are among the latest additions to the program, which includes 30 juniors and seniors. Instructor Cody Larue said the updates make a difference and will help carry the program into the future.
“That’s something we’re going to do more of this year. We can do livestreams at sporting events and do podcasts on location,” Larue said. “We have the capability of being mobile.”
The lab also received new pan, tilt and zoom mounted cameras which operate by remote control and be used to enhance students’ podcasts. Their weekly “The JVS Vocational Voiceover” productions are created each Wednesday and generally aired on the JVS’s YouTube page on Fridays.
“We’ll have a dedicated person on the master controls while the talent is on the air with podcasts in real time. We’re trying to take what they are already doing and increasing the production value while following current trends,” he added. “With more students, we have more capabilities to deliver assignments that will fulfill their desired skills. This is the biggest among the junior class. We’ve reached the maximum capacity with them and have 10 returning seniors.”
The additional students make for more editors, controllers, directors, graphics and on-air talent, and Larue said it also meets a larger need.
“There’s a big push statewide for school-to-work programs and work-based education and students earn real experience on what it’s like to produce for real audiences.”
Students are enjoying the modern equipment and hands-on education they receive in preparation for their future careers.
“I definitely think it’s cool to have the experience to do stuff I’ve been wanting to do as someone who’s interested in video production,” said senior Peyton Marsh.
Marsh and fellow seniors Sydni Cunningham and Torry Burks recently placed in the top 10 during the state Business Professionals of America competition with broadcast news production, something which makes Larue proud. In addition to video and podcast productions, students complete in-class assignments and partner with community groups and businesses for billboards, commercials, web-based advertising and other projects. Local partners have included the Ohio State Highway Patrol and JVS itself while the radio station WCDK-FM has hired students as interns and employees.
“That’s something we want to do more of,” Larue said of furthering community ties.
He said anyone interested in seeking interns or partnerships may contact him at the JVS at (740) 264-5545.
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