Behind the unassuming gray door of room 208 in the Bishop High School math building, an upbeat technological world lies in wait. The classroom acts as newsroom, makeshift film set and tech center – an oasis of opportunity for those students journalistically, technologically and artistically inclined.
An array of PCs and Macs perch on the table tops in an orderly matrix, making room 208 one of the only hybrid classrooms in the state. This variety provides the platform for real-life experience with both programs.
So, how does this technological mecca manifest in Bishop High’s daily culture? In the form of an updated and improved Bronco Roundup. This year the Roundup, the school newspaper, made the successful shift from print to online and televised versions of itself.
In an era where technology reigns supreme, the need for modernization is constant and acute. Already the Roundup Blog has pulled in enough traffic to be indexed by Google, which allows for greater outreach to students and the community. With its increasing popularity, the multimedia class can act as an agent of change within the high school culture, promoting a happier and more academically nurturing environment.
The weekly broadcast seeks to recognize students who are involved in school activities, from the football team to the Mathletes.
“We want to celebrate both the cerebral sports and the physical sports,” explains Zack Quintana, who heads the operation in room 208. Mathletes is one of Bishop High’s most successful competitive teams and it is those triumphs that the multimedia class is now striving to highlight.
Among its endeavors to help create a better school experience, the broadcast promotes the new Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies program. PBIS is aimed at fostering a more friendly and cohesive student body designed to give Bishop High a more welcoming face.
Through such efforts, the multimedia class is constantly evolving and gaining a greater level of coherence. At present, the weekly broadcast is structured to incorporate weather, sports, school events, other feature items and often a special guest. In the future, the students hope to create a forum-style commentary with a natural sound and flow.
So who are the student-masterminds behind the Bronco broadcast and blog? The operation’s two most public faces belong to Jenelle Rafferty and Curtis Amundson, the show’s central anchors. These two seem to have taken on true leadership positions and help ensure all the separate pieces come together to form a coherent product.
Another recurring face is that of weather woman Lauren Cunningham, who not only gives the weekly weather update, but also writes and designs the entire report. Cunningham hopes for a future in the spotlight as an actress and says that the class is a great practice ground.
Every newsroom needs its sports reporters and in the multimedia class that job belongs to Brandon Cerroblanco and Elizabeth Morris. This pair interviews Bronco athletes, relays the excitement of recent games on the broadcast and participates in the panel.
It’s behind the scenes, however, where most of the action really takes place. Senior, Ashley McMurry, acts as the equivalent of an editor-in-chief for the blog, pouring over every story before publishing it for the community to enjoy. McMurry heads up the website aspect of the multimedia class, monitoring its content and ensuring that it continually improves.
And finally, there are the tech guys. This group takes on the difficult task of recording live video and audio, editing film and designing graphics. Andrew Richardson acts as an executive producer for the weekly show and leads this behind-the-scenes crew. Their technical prowess was on display March 20 when the Council on Campus event – a Bishop City Council meeting – was be televised live from the Bronco Roundup website.
The complex process requires a great deal of teamwork amongst the class’ various specialists, which can prove grueling at times. Despite the inherent crunch-time nature of the multimedia class, there is an almost tangible enthusiasm and aura of enjoyment that dominate room 208, making it one of the most popular classes on campus.