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What elements go into television news production? Any of the 60 students, who are part of Franklin High School’s School of Technology, Engineering and Media (STEM) program, engaged in the special-emphasis media courses, could tell you. On November 19, 2015, Franklin High School student Kaitlyn Foster guest-anchored KMAX-TV CW-31’s Good Day Sacramento alongside TV-Anchor Marianne McClary. Kaitlyn not only represented Franklin High’s media program with professionalism, she demonstrated impeccable on-air composure and a full understanding of how all the television news elements come together to complete a successful broadcast — earning her high marks from CW-31’s on-camera talent and behind-the-scenes professionals.

Kaitlyn swapped anchor duties with Good Day anchor Ken Rudolph, who was at Franklin High School’s Wildcat-TV studios, where he conducted “live hits” and highlighted students’ advanced television production skills developed through the school’s television broadcast media program that operates within the STEM academy and pathway.

Following the “Anchor Swap,” students visited the CBS-13 and CW-31 television studios on December 9, 2015 to compare the news operations of working commercial television stations to Franklin’s Wildcat-TV studio. Students were able to compare their experiences during their television broadcast media program courses and determine how their skills honed in the Wildcat-TV studio would transfer to a commercial TV operation. Additionally, students shadowed production staff, television anchors and reporters, asking in-depth questions about their professional backgrounds and the paths they have taken.

Working with the media does not necessarily mean you’re a television or newspaper journalist. Government offices may also need media and video content created or handle media-related inquiries. Franklin High School media students toured the California State Assembly and Governor’s Media Communications offices to understand their operations. This was another opportunity to see other ways and forms their coursework at Franklin High School’s STEM academy and pathway is relevant in the career setting and how it may be applied after graduation.

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Watch the featured segments with Franklin High School Wildcat-TV students and Good Day Sacramento anchors by clicking below. The segments ran on CW-31’s Good Day Sacramento on November 17, 2015.

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