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2003-04-09 communities
Live from Fallsburg
Students put on morning newscast
Jerry Pennington
FALLSBURG In today's society, the first thing most do in the morning is turn on the television to get some news about what's going on that day.

Fallsburg students Corey Jones and Lindsey Jones lead the Pledge of Allegiance before the live news broadcast.
At Fallsburg Elementary in Lawrence County, students now have that opportunity to start their day on a local level.

Each morning, at 8:25 a.m., the Fallsburg News goes live to tell students via closed-circuit television what's going on in the school for the day.

The idea of a news broadcast actually started last year with Fallsburg teacher Diana Compston, but at the time, students recorded a tape of a broadcast the night before that was played in the morning. The problem, Compston said, was that things often changed overnight, and the news was outdated by the morning.

That led to the decision to go live each morning.

"The kids pretty much do it all by themselves now," Compston said.

The school has a computer set up to run announcements that can be seen from any set in the school by tuning to a certain channel. During the news broadcast, the live video feed replaces the announcements, so any television in the school can tune in to the broadcast.

Each day, different students get the opportunity to read the news or lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. On Tuesday morning, students Jessica Fannin and Krystal Vance, both 10, served as anchors for the day.

After the pledge, the students read any announcements for the coming day and go over the school's lunch menu. The broadcast usually runs about five minutes.

Compston said it is great experience for the students because they get to learn about the technology and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into television.

"I like what they're doing," Fallsburg Principal P.T. Allen said. "The children are developing a newscast and learning about the equipment, both using it and maintaining it. Without someone learning these things, we couldn't be watching the war on TV like we are today."

Allen said the live broadcast has been airing for about two months now, and that is gives Fallsburg students a head start on another career option.

"These students are going to lead the communications world someday," Allen said.

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