THS broadcast journalism class wins state contest

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High School’s new broadcast journalism class has already won a statewide award.
The 14-member class learned last Thursday it had finished first in the C Spire Wireless Bright Lights Football School Spirit Video Contest. The students in the class compiled a video about what made them proud of their school and beat 13 other schools across the state to win a $6,000 prize.
“The biggest thing was seeing how the kids came together and got it accomplished with minimal equipment,” said Jason Varnon, who teaches the class. “It required them to work together in a tight time constraint. This was the first time these kids have been in a broadcast journalism class and the students had to put it together a week after school started.”
The class is in its first year, and Varnon said the deadline for the project came before the school received its cameras, microphones and other equipment. The students created the video using their MacBooks, he said.
The video features the high school’s student section, football team, basketball team, band and chorus, among others. There are a few classroom shots.
Tupelo finished first among the four schools in its division to win $1,000 and won the overall prize to net the other $5,000.
Varnon said half the money would be used to buy equipment for the class and the other half will go to the school, which will use it to buy incentives for students and teachers.
To see the video, visit, www.cspire.com/blm/ brightlight/view_all.jsp.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com