Adapting Traditions During Virtual Learning: The Centreville High Student Newscast

School News
October 28, 2020
Producer Tyler
CVNN producer Tyler

Centreville High students have started their school day for over ten years with the Centreville News Network (CVNN), a student-produced newscast. The CVNN broadcast serves as the place to learn about upcoming school events, club activities, and other major programs at the school. When distance learning started, a small team of students set out to make sure CVNN would still air. Their new project, named CVNN @ Home, has now produced two months of successful broadcasts.

Producer Tyler noted, “The CVNN @ Home initiative would not be possible without the FCPS Digital Ecosystem tools that students have access to. We leverage several tools to produce our segments: 
1.    Staff and students submit announcements via a Google site.
2.    A Google form routes their announcement requests to the editor, who then updates the daily script in Google docs.
3.    Anchors receive the script, record their clips, and upload to our Google Classroom.
4.    Clips are edited in WeVideo, uploaded to YouTube, and sent out to teachers and students to view.”

The CVNN @ Home team says that their production wouldn’t have been possible without WeVideo. “For years, we’ve relied on an older copy of OpenShot and Windows Movie Maker to get the job done,” adds Tyler. “Both of these tools make virtual collaboration hard. Now with WeVideo’s collaborative features, we’re able to produce clips from any device and work with the anchors to get the best production possible. Students still get the need-to-know on what’s going on at Centreville.”  

To learn more about CVNN, contact librarian Noel Miller at nlmiller@fcps.edu