Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

TV camera operators

NNPS Telecom covered the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Annual Convention in November. Held in Williamsburg, the convention is the largest gathering of school board members in the state.

Since 2013, NNPS television production students have spent a couple days video-recording at the event, bringing back footage to use to create a promo video of the next year's gathering.

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VSBA convention was held virtually, and this year, it was a hybrid version, meaning participants could attend in person or join virtually.

Telecom was asked to cover the convention again and make the promo for next year.

This year, Telecom's expert team of graduates made up the crew that went to the convention in Williamsburg, while Telecom students from both classes were given online access to record various parts of the conference via Zoom.

Telecom Supervisor Ray Price led the team at the convention site and Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. led the student team attending virtually.

Telecom grad and current intern Brandon Hedgepeth was part of the on-site crew, as were Telecom grads Collin Smalls and Muriel Gamble.

TV crew at 5K finish line
The Telecom TV crew poses at the VSBA 5K finish line.

The TV team recorded segments of the convention they thought would be needed for the video promo. They covered guest speaker presentations, including a very popular one by legendary Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer.

Another notable session had NNPS School Board Chairman Douglas Brown participating in a presentation about the DonorsChoose District Partnership Program and the successes the district has had with it.

In addition to video-recording at the presentations, the production team recorded footage of discussion panels, school performances, and exhibition hall vendor booths. They did quick, man-on-the-street type interviews with participants as well. The TV team was even out for the 5K run early in the morning.

The students will work with Daniels and Hedgepeth to edit the video, which will be submitted for review during the spring semester.