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Media Day teaches students about careers

Posted: April 28, 2009 9:22 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Student participants in the High School Media Day pose with news anchor Rick Chambers between sessions.

High School Media Day at West Ranch High School provided an opportunity for students to learn more about careers in the entertainment industry. Students were divided into groups and given a schedule that included professionals in the specific fields they might like to pursue. In each hour-long session, presenters shared with the students their job histories and the techniques that each presenter used to attain their present job status.

I had the delight of meeting and learning from Jerry Langford, Mike May Sr. and Rick Chambers. Jerry Langford is the director of the television show "Family Guy" and Mike May Sr. is a camera operator and has worked several jobs in the entertainment industry. Rick Chambers is a well-known news anchor.

I learned much useful information regarding colleges, work attitude, work environment and how to attain my personal career goals.

I was especially excited that I was able to personally ask Mr. Chambers about his specific career path and learn how I could become involved in the news business.

Before the day began we all met in the West Ranch High School library to organize and learn how the day was going to proceed.

A friend told me she was somewhat scared and nervous. When I asked her why, she replied, "Bella Shaw is here and I'm so excited to see her again." She job-shadowed Ms. Shaw before Media Day and was eager to learn more from her.

I know that it took much effort for Mrs. Overdevest and others to make this experience possible. The work included recruiting professionals who would be willing to sacrifice their time and putting together informational packets consisting of brief backgrounds of the presenters, thank-you cards and a helpful "questions-to-ask" sheet. The students were provided with paper and pen to take notes with.

The effort that was put into this event was valued by all participants. After the success of Media Day, I personally hope that it will be continued throughout the years so that other students can be afforded this great learning experience.
Cassie Klapp is an 11th grader at West Ranch High School.


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