Scottsdale students this coming school year will produce a news magazine to air on a local television channel.
Arcadia High School TV production teacher David Cornelius and Scottsdale Unified School District spokesman Tom Herrmann will oversee an internship program within the district’s communications office.
The students will produce their own feature and news programs that will run as often as twice daily on Scottsdale’s news channel, carried by Cox Channel 11 and Qwest Channel 99.
Cornelius already offers an internship class for his most experienced students. For the first time, some of those students will use their skills and earn school credits working for the district, while others continue to work for area businesses.
"We have a dozen or so positions open for application, for qualified students," Cornelius said. "It gives them extremely strong grounding in real-world experience."
Herrmann said the district hopes to use the programming to share school events with families.
Plans for the new internship program follow the production of a video that Arcadia students made to introduce the public to incoming Superintendent John Baracy. That program is set to air in July.
"Part of our discussion after we taped that, is we recognized we have got a very talented bunch of students," Herrmann said. "We can give students real experience. And it’s a chance for these kids to do something that is used — at the same token we can promote the district at zero cost."
For information on the class, call Cornelius at (480) 484-6300.