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Lights on for Everest J-Club

Fabiana Diaz and Adam Goeringer present the news. (click for larger version)
September 28, 2011 - It took a few takes to get the giggles out, but Everest's new Journalism and Broadcast Club is on the air.

With a studio set up at Everest Collegiate High School, about 20 students launched the club with a newscast by anchors Fabiana Diaz and Adam Goeringer.

"It's going pretty good so far the first one is nerve wracking, but exciting," said Goeringer, who hopes to be an anchor on ESPN.

"It's the first time trying the equipment it's cool," said Ryan Bradley, anchor.

Everest's high school has had a journalism club for the past two years, writing for the school's online blog. In its fourth year of school, this is their first video club, said Chelsea Gheesling, Everest Collegiate High School & Everest Academy marketing and communications director.

"It has a little bit of something for everybody, running cameras, computers, lighting, writing, technology, programming, orrganizing behind the scenes," Gheesling said. "They're doing great. They have taken ownership of it. It's a leadership opportunity with lots of responsibility."

Juniors Victoria Slack and Elise Mansour are in charge of make up and costumes.

"I've never done it before, but I've always liked dressing up," Slack said. "I'm learning how to apply make up to make sure you look good in the lighting."

Aaron Murawa and Monica Lee will run the camera.

"Technology stuff has always interested me," Murawa said.

The club will cover school and community events with a newscast every week.

They'll post videos on their blog, Clarkston News', as well as Comcast public access.

"The students will learn how to use the technology, how to become news anchors and field reporters," said Norm Pardo of Clarkston 411, who helped set up a studio

"I really enjoy it, going up to people to get the news, find out what's happening and sharing their experiences," said senior Sarah Luttinen, field reporter.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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