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Telecom crew produces live broadcast of city budget hearing

A Telecom student operates a video camera during the Budget Public Hearing.

High school students from The Telecommunications Center assisted the City of Newport News' television station (NNTV Cox 48/FiOS 19) in the production of a live broadcast of an official city meeting on April 11.

Mayor McKinley Price presided at the meeting, which was a public hearing on the City Manager’s recommended 2013-14 operating budget. The meeting was held at Mary Passage Middle School.

Nine Telecom students were part of the crew that included staff from NNPS-TV and NNTV. The two stations have partnered to broadcast the annual hearing for the past five years.

Aaron Pritchett, NNTV Senior Video Production Specialist, said: "The collaboration with the school system has been a great endeavor, allowing us to provide this event to the citizens of Newport News."

Newport News residents who could not attend the hearing were able to watch from home, and the video is available "on demand" afterward as well.

And while Pritchett concedes that for the students it might not be as fun and exciting as shooting a high-school football game, "it gives them an opportunity to experience a  taste of local government and prepare themselves for the real world."

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.

NNPS-TV used their remote video production truck for the broadcast. Telecom Supervisor Ray Price, Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. and Station Engineer Bryan Catlin led the Telecom students as they operated the video cameras in the auditorium and the controls in the truck.

For the production, each student has a specific role such as Technical Director, Assistant Engineer, CG (Character Generator) Operator, DDR (Digital Disk Recorder) Operator, Audio Engineer and Camera Operator. 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 more experienced professionals to learn from.

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 Webcasts, or at the following direct link: http://newportnewsva.swagit.com/play/02262016-693.

City Budget Hearing live broadcast: