[SCMP Archive] HKIS students make their own headlines’
[First published on Nov 5, 1999] A combined video technology lab and broadcast studio has helped a group of creative students at Hong Kong International School (HKIS) improve their communication and leadership skills.
The lab-in the school's junior section is a training ground for Grade Eight students to learn how to make videos and edit music, animation and video clips, and to try news writing, reporting and production.
The studio produces a 10minute programme two or three days a week, which is aired early in the morning. The programme is run by 12 students who are either taking video technology courses or have volunteered to work in the studio.
The programmes cover a wide range of topics. For the morning news programme, students select and summarise headline stories from local and international newspapers online.
They rewrite them into a 30second to oneminute TV news script. The programme also features school news such as extracurricular activities and dance and music performances.
There are also interviews with their peers and prominent figures to help students develop a positive attitude towards life.
Video technology coordinator David Chaveriat said informing students about the news of the day helped nurture future leaders who could make intelligent decisions based on their knowledge of current issues.
"The students are given autonomy to work out their own TV production. They can choose any topics which they think are interesting to their fellow schoolmates," Mr Chaveriat said.
"This kind of outsidetheclassroom learning allows stu dents to interact with each other and learn to tackle problems on their own. It boosts their leadership and creative skills," he said.
"They can also sharpen their presentation skills and language proficiency, explore their own potential and develop a stronger background in video production.
" Mr Chaveriat said video education was an effective way to reach youths. "Every student has videos. Videos can instil knowledge among students better than textbooks."
He said the teaching of media and communication skills helped students to understand the importance of modern media technology and how they could make use of it.
Grade Eight students Sam Miller, Gary Fisher, Kyle Kauffman, TinaMarie Assi and Brad Archie said they developed a strong interest in video broadcasting after joining the studio.
Although they did not have any experience in producing videos, they were on the right track after taking part in some training workshops. "The experience means a lot to us. We take turn to work on different technical positions. Cooperation and team spirit are very important. Sometimes, we have technical glitches during the live broadcast and the team has to respond quickly," Sam, who writes the news, said.
Brad, the programme's director, said coordination was the biggest challenge.
Mr Chaveriat said the school planned to extend the $1 million lab and studio facilities to its high school section.