There's nothing amateurish about the television studio at Dublin Scioto High School, where students produce morning announcements and a monthly magazine-style show.

There's nothing amateurish about the television studio at Dublin Scioto High School, where students produce morning announcements and a monthly magazine-style show.

The studio resembles a professional setting, with three cameras, a teleprompter, lights and other equipment from Tolles Career & Technical Center.

Teachers Lisa Dale-Press and Ben Esthus direct the Level 2 broadcast video production class that meets for 1 1/2 hours every day for the entire school year.

"They do a daily show and the other show they work on is 'I View,' a magazine-style show," Dale-Press said. "There are different segments with a host. This year we have combined with the school newspaper, Irish Eye, to try to have a more journalistic perspective."

The monthly show has covered the election and censorship, and most recently produced stories on the Dublin Teaching Academy, a friendly custodian and spring break.

Putting the monthly shows and daily announcements together has taught the students about the production side of television and how to be at ease on camera.

"We try to simulate what it's like in a real production studio," Dale-Press said. "We try to make them do the planning beforehand so they don't waste time. Time is money. They have to know when they walk in the production room what shots they want to use."

The seven students all have their favorite tasks.

"I'm one of the anchors," said senior Kaitlyn Crist, who plans to major in broadcasting at Ohio University next fall. "It's one of my favorite things to do."

Senior Michael Norris prefers to be behind the scenes.

"I love editing videos. You're making something from nothing," he said.

Unlike most of her classmates, Sydney Meadows isn't planning on using her experience in the class for her future. It doesn't mean the senior doesn't enjoy the class, though.

"This is more of a hobby for me," she said.

It's more than a hobby for senior Kristel Hartshorn, whose ultimate goal is to work for an entertainment news show.

"I'm going to be a broadcasting major," she said. "I also like the behind the scene stuff, but I like being in front of the camera more."

The sole sophomore in the class, Chris Ebersole, enjoys being in front of the camera and behind the scenes. He said he really enjoys learning from the seniors in the class.

"I like being able to work with everyone and learn from it," he said. "We try a lot of new things."

Eric Tilton also likes trying new things with the cameras.

"I like coming up with ideas and creative shots," he said.

The senior loves movies and is looking forward to the April 30 film festival, which also has other class members excited. The festival will pit 10-minute videos done by students against each other to be judged by Columbus filmmakers.

"It's a wonderful way for them to showcase their talents," Dale-Press said.

Jerod Nawrocki has grand plans for the film festival. The senior said he's not very interested in newscasts, but took the class to get video experience.

"I took it for the aspect of creating films and scripts," he said. "I believe I'm ahead of the game compared with some college students. This class put me ahead."

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