NNPS-TV aired the 600th episode of its signature show, "This Just In," at 6 a.m. on August 23. The weekly show airs daily at 6 and 8 a.m., noon, and 3 and 6 p.m., with a new episode each Monday.

The production team has been creating a new episode each week for well over a decade. The first "This Just In" aired March 8, 2010.

NNPS-TV Station Manager Jim Anklam hosts the show, and he has hosted almost all of the 600 episodes - only once or twice has Producer Nik Long had to step in during an emergency. During the COVID-19 lock-down last year, Anklam recorded himself from his home.

"This Just In" highlights school events and initiatives and also disseminates information about upcoming events, opportunities, and other school-related information.

The show is usually under 10 minutes long and features stories about a few different schools, often around a theme. It runs five times per day on NNPS-TV, which can be seen on Cox Channel 47, Verizon Fios Channel 17, or via livestream on Roku or Apple TV, on the web at nnpstv.com/webstream/, or on the NNPS-TV app.

The team that gets the job done day in and day out for the past 11 years consists of Anklam, Long, and Production Specialist Aaron Moore. They work closely with principals, assistant principals, and teachers to gather news and visuals of interesting activities and events happening in the school system.

Getting enough visuals was a challenge during the closing of schools during COVID-19, but the team's creativity and willingness to adapt to the situation allowed the show to continue.

The show is popular among teachers, parents, administrators and community members who are involved in Newport News Public Schools. It covers special activities, arts programs, STEM events, conferences, donations, and more.

Every "This Just In" episode is posted on YouTube and on the NNPS-TV video site, video.nnpstv.com, and the individual stories in it are posted on the home pages of NNPS schools.

Long's ability to plan ahead and the work-flow he has created keeps the shoots on schedule and the content coming. Moore's editing expertise and ability to make changes quickly are key to completing the shows on a regular basis.

Anklam credits good communication and multi-talented individuals for the success they have had now and in the past.

"It is definitely a team effort," he said.