Behind the Scenes of “Cardinal News” with Broadcast Journalism Students from Greenwich High School


So guess what? They abolished the homeroom at GHS. And this is a good thing. It was difficult to hear the announcements, and many students took the opportunity to catch up on their sleep. These days, the information students need is delivered to them through Vimeo, and Richard Detmer’s broadcast journalism students are busy behind the scenes making it happen.

Ready to interview students at the GHS Student Center, Avery Formato brings great enthusiasm to his role on Cardinal News. December 18, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Avery Formato, who happens to be the only girl in the class, said she enjoyed being filmed and was shocked to walk into a class of seven at the start of the year.

“I was at Sacré-Coeur for 7th and 8th year and we had an excellent broadcast journalism department, with a full news studio named after David Bloom who was a Sacred Heart relative and NBC reporter, ”Avery said. “I lucked out with a small class because it’s the first time they’ve offered it at Greenwich High School.”

“People don’t even know it’s a class,” Avery said. “They assume it’s a club.”

“We didn’t have a host at all until Avery came in. Nobody wanted to do it,” Mr. Detmer said.

Calvin and Avery

Calvin Medico reviews the written questions with Avery Formato before heading to the GHS Student Center to interview students about affirmative action. The interviews will be part of episode 5 of Cardinal News, with a theme on diversity. December 18, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

On Friday, the class was busy working on Episode 5 of Cardinal News, the Vimeo reel that replaces the traditional classroom.

Mr. Detmer explained that once a month time is split into each block to add ten minutes at the end of the second period for everyone to watch. The episodes are archived on the Vimeo channel and allow informative viewing!

Ben kramer

Avery turns to Calvin after a minor nonsense during his interview with Ben Kramer at the student center. December 18, 2105. Credit: Leslie Yager

Avery and Cholo

Avery Formato nails his affirmative action-themed interview with Cholo Cruz for Episode 5 of Cardinal News. December 18, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Although Episode 5 will only take place after the January break and the one-semester class will have a new set of students, Mr. Detmer explained that each episode takes time and the new group will only be not ready. with one episode lasting several weeks. The prerequisite for following broadcast journalism is Video 1, which is aimed at beginners interested in filmmaking. Other courses offered are Intermediate Video 2 and Advanced Video Production 3.

Episode 5, the students explained, is a compilation of activity content for various clubs, as well as a regular segment from student government president Spencer Faragasso.

Mr. Charles and Calvin

Calvin Medico addresses an upcoming diversity interview with Mr. Charles at the student center. December 18, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Calvin Medico, whose role is a producer on Cardinal News, said he would designate a few minutes of the episode for the theme of diversity. He emailed two teachers questions in advance and planned to interview Mr Charles, who advises two clubs on the topic of diversity. Calvin also considered interviews with students to gather feedback on the value of affirmative action in college admissions, following the hotly contested affirmative action case from the Supreme Court of the University of Texas.

Medico said that his experience with electronic music was useful to him. He created the musical introduction for each episode.

Most recent reel of Cardinal News, Episode 4:

Cardinal News Episode 4 from Greenwich High School on Vimeo.

Cole and Simon

Cole Korzendorfer and Simon Hoeps, both seniors, work with the green screen in Mr. Detmer’s class. December 18, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager


A fleet of tripods in Mr. Detmer’s classroom allows for stable video clips on the move. December 18, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager


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