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Telecom works with city channel on live broadcast
Telecom works with city channel on live broadcast
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Telecom student workers get instructions from Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and NNTV Sr. Production Specialist Terry Hartsook prior to producing the City Budget Hearing broadcast.
Photos: Telecom students and staff

Telecom students assisted the City of Newport News' television station (NNTV Cox 48/FiOS 19) in the production of a live broadcast of the city budget hearing on April 16.

Mayor McKinley Price presided at the meeting, which was held at the Denbigh Community Center. It was the second of two public hearings on the City Manager's Fiscal Year 2016 Recommended Operating Budget.

State code requires one public hearing, but because of the unique geography of Newport News, two hearings are held for the convenience of city residents.

Six Telecom students were part of the crew that has combined with NNTV to broadcast the annual hearing for the past seven years.

The live broadcast, which is simultaneously available online, provides a service to Newport News residents who cannot attend the hearing. The video is available "on demand" afterward as well.

As a high-profile production working with city officials and the city television station, the event is an opportunity for Telecom students to demonstrate their skills and professionalism. Working on the budget hearing broadcast also gives the students a chance to see local government at work.

NNPS-TV used their remote video production truck for the broadcast. Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr., led the students throughout the production. Telecom graduate D'Andre Fosque worked with NNTV Broadcast Engineer Ishrat Mohammad.

Telecom student Demitre Waddell, a senior at Heritage High, was Technical Director. Regenia Parker-Watkins served as CG (Character Generator)/Graphics Operator and Jenea Hopkins handled VTR/ DDR (Replay). Both are Woodside High seniors.

Other Telecom students were camera operators and production assistants.

Being part of the crew on a live remote broadcast is one of the ways Telecom students gain hands-on experience. And working side-by-side with the city crew means another chance to learn from experienced professionals.

The video was broadcast live on NNTV (Cox 48/FiOS 19) and can be seen on demand on the city's website under City Council Meetings - Video Archives, or at the following direct link: http://newportnewsva.swagit.com/play/02262016-691. The minutes are also available there.

City Budget Hearing 2015: