Kylene Wood, Kelli Wenzel, Candice Marshall, James Ferriola, Maria Behm

Alder Avenue Middle School
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Project Description:

“News You Can Use” is the winning innovative program by Wood and her colleagues. Students will have a chance to produce a news program for other students that highlights the hands-on, cross-curricular activities at the school. Although various teachers will serve as facilitators, students will be involved in every aspect of the writing and production of each show. As with the real news media, brainstorming, pitching cross-curricular story ideas, fact checking, researching and interviewing are all skills the nearly 100 students will gain by participating. They also will learn about wardrobe, set creation, operating teleprompters, filming, and editing. Eventually, the students will have enough information to begin to write the stories. In the end, the students will peer-edit with their classmates to make sure each story is ready to be filmed. Wood and her teammates hope students are able to sharpen their core fundamentals of reading, writing, public speaking, and listening in an exciting new way.