Brookwood Broadcasting is an award-winning program at Brookwood High School taught by Mrs. Cheryl Benton that features student-produced work for the BHS student body and community. Students who are interested in Video Production techniques and learning the skills for Broadcast Journalism have an opportunity to participate in a series of classes designed to start at the basic level and extend to more advanced filmmaking skills:
1st Year Coursework:
- CT*371 Introduction to Video Production [CT*: Communication Technologies]
- CT 373 Media & Culture
These two classes learn the basics of camera use, editing, and project production. They also learn to operate the studio equipment in order to produce the “live” version of Around Brookwood in Minutes (ABIM is the weekly BHS school announcements show) that is shown school-wide during Guided Study. Editing skills focus on learning to use Casablanca Prestige units.
2nd Year Coursework:
- CT 372 Introduction to Video Production II
- CT 374 Non-Narrative Directing
The second year courses continue to produce the daily ABIM show until the Intro class learns how to do it as well as producing news & school related projects that air in an edited version of ABIM on Fridays. Second semester focuses on news and non-narrative projects like documentaries and PSA’s. Advanced editing on Prestige as well as learning the basics of Avid Express Pro are part of the focus of this year’s coursework.
3rd Year Coursework:
- CT 375 Narrative Directing
- CT 376 Portfolio Production
The third year of Broadcasting begins with a study of filmmaking that includes learning to write original scripts, the steps in producing a narrative film, participating in the production of a narrative film, and editing it to a finished project. We also produce Brookwood Up-Close, a monthly magazine-format show, that presents news, information, and entertainment segments to the BHS student body. Brookwood Up-Close is an award-winning show that continues to entertain and inform the BHS community as well as provide the Advanced Broadcasting students opportunities to improve and fine-tune their television production skills.
4th Year Coursework:
- CT 377 Internship I
- CT 378 Internship II
Students who are fortunate enough to be able to schedule four years of Broadcasting courses into their schedule, get the opportunity to train new Broadcasting students on techniques and equipment and/or participate as a second-year student in the Brookwood Up-Close class. Introductory and advanced students benefit greatly from these students’ experience and creativity as they assist them in project creation and advanced Broadcasting techniques.