Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

TV crew records flag bearers
The Telecom TV crew records flag bearers at a graduation ceremony.

The Telecom team has been operating in overdrive as NNPS end-of-year celebrations pack the calendar and crew schedule.

The team was super-busy in May and June, livestreaming, producing, and recording numerous ceremonies and activities.

They recorded the NNPS Salute to Success Student Recognition Dinner (honoring top high school students, outstanding CTE students, and students honored by the College Board National Recognition Programs) and the Exemplary Support Staff of the Year Awards Banquet, both of which were held in May.

And as always, the team covered all six high school graduations, providing the multi-cam video feed for the large video screens during the ceremonies, livestreaming them on YouTube, and recording them for replay on NNPS-TV.

Additionally, they covered the inaugural Middle School Football Championship.

The Telecom video team is led by Telecom Supervisor Ray Price, with colleagues Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. and Broadcast Engineer Mansoor Ahmed supporting.

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Telecom Supervisor Ray Price with some of the Telecom graduates

The Telecom crew includes alumni and students. Telecom students who were part of the crew for the spring productions mostly were camera operators, but also filled roles such as Technical Director. They are:

Ethan Clinkenbeard - Woodside High senior
Donovan Crowder - Woodside High junior
Bishop Dunn - Heritage High junior
Edric "EJ" Jones - Heritage High junior
Ryan Hedgepeth - Woodside High senior
Joshua Ray - Heritage High junior
Chase Willett - Woodside High senior

Students are not allowed to work their own graduation ceremony, since they should be participating in it.

Telecom alumni worked on the productions as well. Muriel Gamble, Brandon K. Hedgepeth, Collin Smalls, and Joshua Stuck -- Telecom's outstanding alumni crew -- were key to smooth operations and successful productions.

The crew also included Intern David Henshaw from Liberty University, and ODU Film Studies student Rachel Rogers working to gain volunteer hours.

Graduations in particular offer exceptional real-life, hands-on experience for students in NNPS' TV program. They learn a lot about setting up the equipment, getting the right shots, using the switcher, handling audio and graphics, and how multiple events can make for a long day. Switching crew positions is a way to avoid monotony and learn new things.

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The Telecom crew with the TV truck in the Hampton Coliseum, and a student camera operator at the Ferguson Center

The TV team uses a variety of setups to cover events, generally using the large TV truck for multi-camera productions like graduation ceremonies.

The Telecom crew started off the busy season with the production of Christopher Newport University's "Commencement Experience," livestreaming their content through CNU's YouTube channel, and feeding the giant video screens at the event with their camera work.

They will cover the NNPS Retirement Banquet at the end of June, too.