COVID-19 Provides Opportunity For Media Broadcasting Class
A “no spectator” ruling didn’t stop nearly 700 people from cheering on the Warrior swim team at the Dayton Christian Invitational in early December. Thanks to the media broadcasting class at Dayton Christian School, fans were able to watch a livestream of the meet.
A year ago, such a feat wouldn’t have been possible. Media broadcasting didn’t exist as a class before last January – and the group only met for six weeks before the COVID-19 school shutdowns forced them out of their studio.
The school returned to in-person learning in August, and that is when the students realized just how essential their skills were to the school community.
When the Ohio High School Athletic Association limited seating capacity at athletic venues to 15 percent at the beginning of the fall sports season, students in the class went to work finding ways to help keep the close school community in contact with each other.
Live-streaming athletic events became an essential service to the school.
“We are necessary,” said instructor Zac Surant. “Our live-streaming is vital to the fans and to the athletes. We have a brand new gym – the Warrior Center. But we can’t allow all the fans to attend due to COVID-19 guidelines. Live-streaming basketball games and other events makes it possible for parents, peers, and other fans to watch their Warriors play.”
In addition to keeping athletic fans engaged, the 21 members of the media broadcasting class also produce a news broadcast called DCTV three times a week for students in Grades 7-12. On-air personalities deliver the news to the school via video, while pre- and post-production members help create and edit the content as well as handle the tech involved in the process.
Every aspect of the show is student-directed.
“When the class began last winter, we didn’t really realize its full potential,” said senior Xi Holliday. “But Mr. Surant’s management style allows us to be in charge and run the show. We have creative control over what we want to do.”
Now the class runs like a well-oiled machine, said senior William Cron.
“Everyone has their own job,” said Cron. “And there’s always something to do.”
Most days, you’ll find the students in the studio not only for their regularly scheduled class time, but also during study halls, so that they can create skits, explore story ideas, and hone their skills.
In a time when Covid-19 has done a great deal to separate people, the media broadcasting class of Dayton Christian School is doing its part to create community and keep the DC family connected. Now that is good news!