For 17 years, WTIC-TV and WTXX-TV in Hartford, Conn., have fostered learning with their "Student News" program, which gives teens an opportunity to gain real-world experience in journalism. With the help of the WTIC evening news crew, students produce their own news stories, which are then broadcast on both stations. During this past school year, more than 100 students were able to watch their work on television. WTIC professionals make classroom visits to help students understand the steps involved in preparing a story for broadcast. Students sharpen multiple skills, including research, writing, critical thinking, shooting video and editing. WTIC staff provides feedback on every single story. Each spring, the stations host an Emmy-style Student News Awards Ceremony, emceed by WTIC anchor Susan Christensen. Students who produced standout submissions are given scholarships and equipment grants for their school. Each fall, teachers are invited to attend an annual workshop hosted by the station about the program, where they receive Continuing Education Units for their participation. Students from nearly 250 Connecticut middle and high schools from around the state have created their own news segment. "WTICs and WTXXs Student News has given an outlet for students to show their work and their talent on a statewide level," said Eric Larson, technology education teacher at Manchester High School.
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