This year, Weston High School experienced the emergence of a new successful club that allows students to shoot, edit and host their own television segments. Adopting the name The Weston Television Network, the club has aired several segments on Cablevision Channel 78 and is working to complete up to five more by the end of the school year.
The Weston Television Network was created out of a desire for a high school broadcast that reaches out to the Weston community. To start up the club, Weston High School hired Juri Garone-Tatsuma, an Emmy Award-winning anchor experienced in the world of communications.
As club adviser, Ms. Garone-Tatsuma has dedicated herself to giving students the opportunity to showcase student and town events by using the Weston Television Network as a medium.
“It’s a great experience for students to actually produce these segments,” said Ms. Garone-Tatsuma.
“They are the ones in control. They tape, interview, edit and host, and if it wasn’t for their commitment, our final products wouldn’t be possible.”
There are 11 students who are consistently involved with the club. Their work at the Weston Television Network provides them with valuable hands-on videography experience, as well as the opportunity to collaborate.
“There is a sense of camaraderie within the group. We are constantly helping one another, and teaching each other new skills,” said member Dominique Kren.
Club member Mathew Ielusic says that the best part about working for the Weston Television Network is the “great technology students have at their disposal.”
The technology includes high quality video cameras, an in-school television studio and computers that offer Final Cut Pro as an editing tool. This equipment was donated by the Weston Education Foundation.
Ms. Garone-Tatsuma said she and all members of the Weston Television Network would like to thank the Weston Education Fund for their generous donations to Weston’s Videography Department. Without their funding, the club would not have any of the equipment necessary to produce its segments.
“We have taken none of their donations for granted,” Ms. Garone-Tatsuma said.
For the community
Unlike Weston High School’s other student-run television program, Trojan Televison — which targets an audience composed of solely faculty, staff and students and only airs in school — the Weston Television Network aims to attract the attention of all Weston residents.
The segments produced by the club focus on highlighting aspects of Weston they feel the public should know about; these include Weston’s talent, community efforts and developments within the schools.
“Being able to go to these events and bring them to the community on the television is truly something special,” said Dominique.
The Weston Television Network is working on multiple segments they filmed at the Relay for Life charity event for cancer last month.
Segments that have aired already this year include an interview with Superintendent Colleen Palmer on the school budget, a feature on WHS Company’s production of Guys and Dolls, and a look into a student volunteer project that allowed senior citizens in Weston to trace their genealogy.
Ms. Garone-Tatsuma and club members look forward to an exciting future at the Weston Television Network. Segments they hope to produce next year include game shows, cooking shows, and detailed updates of the events going on at all of Weston’s schools.
To view the Weston Television Newtork’s work on-screen, tune in to Cablevision Channel 78.