Spotlight: Hopatcong School District – CTE Programs – Broadcast Journalism

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As the Hopatcong School District reshapes itself under the 5-year vision created by Superintendent Arthur DiBenedetto and the Board of Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses play a large role in preparing students for careers in high demand fields.

Hopatcong Lake Regional News had the opportunity through the assistance of Joseph Piccirillo Assistant Superintendent of Schools to gain a behind the scenes look into the CTE programs that are currently available at Hopatcong High School. In this first article in the series, we will focus on Broadcast Journalism.

CTE Program: Broadcast Journalism

According to Assistant Superintendent, Piccirillo “the Broadcast Journalism CTE Program is a great example of where we took existing resources within the district, to create a certified program that gives students access to a career in the busy NJ/NYC broadcast industry.”

Elements of the CTE Program:

  • HHS ArrowTV MovieJournalism: Entry-level exposure to the CTE program and equips students with skills to write, research, create article leads, headlines, and captions
  • Public Speaking: Builds upon the skills learned in Journalism on how to write news, how to interview, and how to research.
  • TV/Video Production 1: Introduction to the fundamentals of television and video production.
  • TV/Video Production 2: Further prepares students for future careers in film and video production. It involves real-life, hands-on experiences producing and creating film and video content.

According to George Segale, Industry Professional and teacher of the TV/Video courses at the High School, “Our mission is to provide school-to-college or school-to-career preparation for students interested in Broadcast Journalism, and Radio & TV production through a core curriculum emphasizing both technical production skills and journalism and public speaking. “

Assistant Superintendent, Piccirillo added, “Embedded within the program is the opportunity to earn concurrent college credits and on-the-job experience in the field.”

Real-Life Learning: Arrow TV

HHS ArrowTV Show 300xBeyond just teaching just the theory, the Hopatcong School District believes in actual hands-on-learning through the use of Arrow TV as part of this CTE Program.

Hopatcong residents may not know that they have a full News, Sports and Entertainment TV Station in the borough called Arrow TV, which can be viewed live online, or you can go through the archive of recent shows. These broadcasts are completely written, scripted, acted and filmed by the high school students as they go through the CTE program.

According to George Segale, “We have five teams of two students, and each week they put the hard work into completely producing their shows for broadcast.”

What is available on Arrow TV?

  • Morning News – General News Show
  • Game Day – Sports Show
  • Chief Chow – Cooking Show
  • Wednesday to Wednesday – Announcements & General Information
  • Tuesday Talk – Interview / Talk Show

The students that are running the above broadcasts went through an interview process for the roles within the organization, and log at least 25 hours outside of class over the course of the year working on "Arrow TV".

Workforce Competency Credential Cert thumbnailAdditionally, the program offers the opportunity to job shadow with Segale Productions which is a Production Company-owned and operated by Hopatcong High School's CTE teacher, George Segale. Students spend a 5-hour day shadowing Mr. Segale as he creates digital print media, videos, short films, works with clients, handles the business operations of the company.

Finally, at the end of the program students take the third party assessment called the NOCTI test for Audio-Visual Communications. This test provides passing students the job credentials from the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation.

For more information about CTE offerings, how to get your child involved in our programs, or how to be included as a business or college partner, please contact Joseph S. Piccirillo, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, jpiccirillo@hopatcongschools.org.


For the next article in this series, we cover the Child Care CTE program, where we were surprised to see actual children being used as part of the hands-on aspect of the course.


 

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