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NNPS-TV airs 'This Just In' Episode #400
NNPS-TV airs 'This Just In' Episode #400

The NNPS-TV production team has racked up 400 episodes of their weekly news show, "This Just In."

The NNPS-TV production team: Station Manager Jim Anklam, Producer Nik Long, and Production Specialist Aaron Moore
Beth Scott photo

Started in March of 2010, the show highlights school-related events and initiatives, and relays important information and timely reminders to viewers.

The production team of Station Manager Jim Anklam, Producer Nik Long, and Production Specialist Aaron Moore works closely with principals, assistant principals and teachers to gather news and visuals of exciting activities happening in the school system. Communication is key to keeping production of this show on schedule and at top quality. The shoot schedule keeps the team hopping, sometimes including weekends and evenings.

Each episode is around eight minutes long and features stories about three or four schools. Every week, another brief show created by the team, such as "School View," "News in a Minute," or "Scouting Report," is inserted into "This Just In" as part of the show.

Anklam hosts the show and often writes scripts for it. Long is the main script writer and all three members of the team shoot video for the show. Moore edits the footage to create the final video. Occasionally, an intern will shoot or edit video for the show, with the team members supervising.

Speaking of Long, Anklam said, "Nik is an exceptional producer and is able to organize workflow demanding a quick turnaround." He continued, "He stays in constant contact with the schools."

Long said it's his passion to tell the story of NNPS students, staff, and families. "It’s great meeting the folks in our schools who invite us to witness their successes, and it’s a rewarding challenge to tell their story with respect and accuracy, he said.

Anklam notes that Long and Moore are excellent videographers.  "Not only do they compose interesting shots, but they keep the editing process in mind as they capture the sound and visuals of an event," he said.

In the end, it all comes down to editing, and Moore "is a remarkable editor," Anklam said.  "He is able to create graphics and select music to enhance the story."

"This Just In" is truly a team effort, and its ability to stand the test of time proves how the production team has succeeded in working together toward a common goal.

During holidays, the team plans ahead and produces extra shows to air each week. Even with unscheduled snow days, the production team has been able to adapt and continue their work to keep the show on schedule.

Anklam points out that the team effort goes beyond just the production team. "[Media/TV Programming Coordinator] Beth Scott is the key to delivering our show via the web.  She makes certain that the show runs on our website as well as on YouTube.  She also facilitates separating the individual stories for use on NNPS, community, and business partner websites," he said.

"[Master Control Operator] Chris James schedules the show to air on our channels.  [Administrative Secretary] Sitrena Williams takes the completed script and then verifies its accuracy before processing it for closed captioning," Anklam continued.  "Again, it’s a team effort," he said.

"This Just In" has won Videographer, NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association), and Pixie awards.

A new show airs each Monday, starting at 6 a.m., on NNPS-TV (Cox Channel 47/Verizon FiOS Channel 17). The same show airs daily throughout the week at 6 and 8 a.m., noon and 3 and 6 p.m. "This Just In" can be seen on the nnpstv.com webstream during the TV broadcast. Or, viewers may watch recent episodes on demand on YouTube, on the NNPS-TV video site and on Roku. Older shows can be viewed on the archives site.

"I didn’t even see #400 creeping up," said Long. "Producing this show is so ingrained in our weekly workload that the pieces seem to fall in place every week."