Comm in Motion visits Warwick H.S.
Nov. 21, 2012
The Elizabethtown College Department of Communications mobile production studio—along with four students and a faculty member—hit the road on Nov. 9, 2012, the destination Warwick High School in Lititz, Pa. As part of Comm in Motion, an educational outreach program for high schools in the region, the Elizabethtown College students visited two broadcasting classes.
Christina Wilson was interested in having Comm in Motion visiting her journalism classes so that her students could get an idea of what broadcasting was like outside of the high school television studio.
"I think the kids got a lot out of it and really enjoyed it," she said.
E-town students watched the Broadcasting II students produce the morning announcements, and after, provided feedback on the live show, offering tips on sound and lighting. Comm in Motion then visited the Broadcasting I class, where the high school students shared their current production projects and asked questions about the industry—and college life. Before the virtual credits rolled on the Comm in Motion visit, Warwick students toured the mobile production studio. Kurt Yazir, a senior at Warwick, says Comm in Motion was an enlightening experience.
"I learned that certain aspects of communications are difficult, but you can make video assignments fun and creative with the right technology," he said.
Comm in Motion is not only a learning opportunity for area teenagers, but also gives Elizabethtown's communication majors the chance to mentor younger students.
"It's rewarding to teach high school students what we've learned over our years in college; it's also a way to pay back my teachers for all they have taught me," said Matt Jensen, a senior Communications major at Elizabethtown College.
Comm in Motion, which is partially funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association, is booking high school visits for the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year. The program's content can be customized to fit the needs of the individual class. If you are a high school teacher interested in the program, contact Dr. Kelly Poniatowski at 717-361-1371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: Elizabethtown College students pictured: far left Matthew Jensen and second from left, Kristen Faulkner; and far right back, Andrew Calnon and far right front, Alexa Masano.
Andrew Calnon '16 and Alexa Masano '13 contributed to this story.