KSFY News was thrilled to offer a week-long Media Camp to teens interested in exploring the world of broadcast news.
Together with the Washington Pavilion, KSFY hosted 9 campers for five days who got to experience, and learn, more than they thought possible. Local teens, 14-17 years old, applied and auditioned for a chance to be part of it.
"It's very thorough. I think it adds a new layer of appreciation to a lot of different things about news," KSFY Media Camper Caelan Mangan said.
The campers made sales pitches to local sponsorship partner PizzaRev, they learned to write news, report, anchor and even do the weather.
"I've never really thought about how there's a green screen behind you but it doesn't look like what you see on TV... It's a lot of multitasking!" Camper Mikaela Neubauer said.
"There's a lot more that goes on than you might think when you're watching the news," Camper Bradley Herrmann said.
KSFY President and General Manager Jim Berman says the idea has been in the works for a few years and proved nothing but a big success.
"I know the kids got a lot out of it. I could tell by the looks on their faces; but it was just as special for us. It was so much fun, they brought such an energy into our building. We enjoyed having them. It was a special experience," KSFY President & General Manager Jim Berman said.
All the campers agreed.
"This is an amazing opportunity for anyone. It allows you to see the broadcast world, see how it works, it's an invaluable experience," Herrmann said.
The camp was free of charge for the students.