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Friday, November 13, 2020 - By: Lucas K, Whittall ‘23

Undoubtedly one of my favourite things at school is the awesome art program known as Brentwood Broadcast. With sports commentating the career I want to pursue, this art has really given me lots of opportunities to explore the broadcast journalism industry.

The course is run by Mr Minckler and Mr McPherson who are two individuals who know a thing or two about this particular career. To best sum up the program Mr Minckler says “We volunteer our time to help make school events bigger and better as well as teaching the kids tips and tricks to help with their creative videos.” Mr McPherson says “This program gives students the unique opportunity to make their own creative content through livestreams and projects, while becoming more adept throughout the course of the year”!

All of the students enrolled in the course have a strong interest in one particular part of broadcasting and show that through their assigned tasks. Whether it’s making fun, creative new videos or live streaming events throughout the school year, the class always makes for a good time. From the moment I joined this block last year I immediately became intrigued by the concept of filming and editing my own videos.

With the majority of the year devoted to those videos it really gives students a chance to grow with not only their own creative ideas but also the necessary skills that making a great video require. Things such as basic filming and editing to camera quality and soundtrack can really help give the video a strong push in the right direction. It is really great to see what my classmates and I can produce every time a new project is announced.

On the live-streaming side of things, this program includes us recording events such as assemblies, interhouse competitions, sports events, and also special things like TEDx which you can learn more about in another article. I have had some amazing experiences commentating during Senior Boys Basketball games and even interning with a local hockey team on the broadcasting side. These experiences will definitely be ones I cherish for the rest of my life and I look forward to what the future holds for this great program known as Brentwood Broadcast!

Lucas K, Whittall ‘23

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