Carlsbad Broadcast Journalism Students Win National Awards

CARLSBAD – Once again, local students stand at the top of the broadcasting world.

Carlsbad High School and Valley High School broadcast journalism programs, with help from students from Sage Creek High School and Aviara Oaks High School, won top prizes at the National Student Television Network’s annual convention on Feb. 20 in Long Beach.

Carlsbad High School’s CHSTV, one of the nation’s top high school television stations, won 11 awards overall, including its 16th Lifetime Achievement Award. Valley Middle School students have won the school’s 14th straight Lifetime Achievement Award, making it one of the top college broadcast journalism programs in the nation.

Both programs are taught by broadcast journalism professor Doug Green, who was named National Broadcast Teacher of the Year 2021-22 and California Teacher of the Year 2016.

The Carlsbad High School television crew works on a project during the National Student Television Network’s annual convention February 20 in Long Beach. Courtesy picture

“One of the great stories is that we brought seven students from Sage Creek and they competed with Carlsbad High School…and we brought two (students) from Aviara,” Green said. “So really, it was Carlsbad who did well.”

At the convention, students participated in a number of workshops and breakout sessions with industry professionals. In addition, each school divides into groups of three or four students to produce smaller stories.

Convention students also participated in the “Crazy 8 Contest”, which requires students to travel the city of Long Beach and write, film, edit and broadcast a morning show segment in eight hours.

“(Student Television Network) is such a special experience because of the unique atmosphere created by surrounding yourself with thousands of like-minded peers,” said Ben Hanan of Carlsbad High. “It is inherently inspiring to learn not only from industry professionals, but also from other students who share a similar passion for telling stories.”

Green said one of the challenges of the “Crazy 8 Contest” is that most students are unfamiliar with the city, which adds to the difficulty of the project. But Green said his students overcame those challenges and created great projects.

Doug Green teaches the broadcast journalism program at Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School
Doug Green teaches the broadcast journalism program at Carlsbad High School and Valley Middle School. Courtesy picture

Luke Schultz, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Valley Middle School, said the breakout sessions were informative and the students learned from filmmakers, broadcasters, journalists and other professionals. Schultz said the sessions included critiques and advice on how to be a better broadcaster and break into the industry.

Valley Middle School ran into some technical difficulties after the team produced what 13-year-old Val Bedoya said was the best story in the program. Bedoya’s small team encountered a corrupted file and missed the story submission deadline.

But the Valley Middle students adapted to the difficulties and created a spin-off story on the fly, learning how quickly time flies when they hit a deadline.

Bedoya, an eighth grader at Valley Middle, said the team was often so focused it was easy to lose track of time.

“You think you have so much time, but there’s a huge lack of time,” Bedoya said. “It just goes away. It’s a lot more stressful than it looks. »

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