2017-10-28 / Education

NMS Broadcast Journalism Class Reaches Fundraising Goal

BY ANNA FLETCHER
COURIER-TIMES STAFF WRITER


Students in Jeremy Clayton’s broadcast journalism class at Northern Middle School will soon be working with new equipment. 
SUBMITTED Students in Jeremy Clayton’s broadcast journalism class at Northern Middle School will soon be working with new equipment. SUBMITTED With almost three months left until its fundraising deadline, the Northern Middle School Broadcasting and Journalism class has reached its goal of raising $2,353 for broadcasting equipment.

With their new highdefinition camera, microphones, green screens and lighting, the students can soon start setting up a production room and putting their broadcasting knowledge to practice, says Jeremy Clayton, who teaches the class.

“We hope to be making videos in a couple weeks,” he said. “We’re still waiting for the green screen and some lighting, but we hope to have everything set up and running in a couple weeks. Maybe do our first broadcast.”

On Oct. 20, the last portion of donated funds came through on the academic crowd-funding website Do- norsChoose.org, through which the fundraiser was held. In all 30 donors contributed, including an unlikely one, which Clayton says closed the final gap.

“We were $502 away, and some random company that I don’t even know who they are, made a contribution,” Clayton said. “It’s called Raymond James Financial Services and, in looking them up, they are a big financial company down in Florida. They’ve given $35,000 to over 280 projects across DonorsChoose.org just this year.”

Clayton speculates that the donation may be some sort of altruistic parameter set by the website, but either way, he says, it’s apparent that many people just want to help others.

“We had some donors that wanted to just help us with any extra expenses,” he said. “They might’ve made a check to the school to do that, so we actually raised more than what our total was. It was neat to see how a community gets behind stuff like this, and that it’s even possible.”

For the 32 students in Clayton’s broadcast journalism class, the support from the community could mean future opportunities they may not have otherwise had, Clayton says.

“I don’t think the donors realize that if one child decides, ‘Hey, I’d like to pursue this,’ and it gives them that motivation, you could have the next TV anchor, the next screen writer, the next editor, whatever,” he said. “You just don’t know how it affects that.”

The class is hoping to take a field trip to WRAL or WTVD soon to see what a professional broadcasting studio looks like. They’re also planning to begin producing weekly reports on school activities and relevant current events, which will be accessible to teachers at the school and available for people to watch at home, Clayton says.

“Just being communitybased and seeing people give back in unique ways like this, I think it makes us an even tighter-knit community,” he said. “I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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