Fourth graders collaborate with broadcast journalism students

Sacred Heart, Greenwich - Written by Avery McCloskey '20 and Morgan Smith '20
Sacred Heart Greenwich Upper and Lower School students collaborated to produce a special edition of the Lower School news show, “News From the Heart,” on November 19. Fourth graders joined the advanced broadcast journalism students to create their own Thanksgiving segment. The Upper School students taught fourth graders the steps it takes to make a news show.

“The collaboration between the fourth grade and the Upper School was an outstanding experience for everyone involved. The Upper School students passed along their knowledge of script writing, interviewing, videotaping, and more. Their guidance ultimately enabled each Lower School student to feel successful as they shared in this hands-on and creative approach to learning broadcast journalism,” said Lower School Educational Technology Coordinator and Computer Teacher Mrs. Kathy Dunn.

First, the Lower School students shared ideas for their pieces, and then split into groups to brainstorm further. One group highlighted the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and even shared their personal experiences at the parade. Another group made festive Thanksgiving themed crafts.

“Working with the fourth grade class was so much fun. As a group, we worked together on making Thanksgiving themed placemats. Each of the girls drew a turkey, decorated it, and wrote on its feathers what they were most thankful for.  The fourth grade girls are so collaborative and kind. I truly enjoyed spending with these sweet girls and making this fun and festive segment on placemats for Thanksgiving with them,” said junior Christine Guido.

No news show can be produced without anchors, so two girls were selected to serve as anchors on camera. With help from the advanced broadcast students, the girls were able to brainstorm, film, and edit in less than thirty minutes. The collaboration between the Lower and Upper School students provided an opportunity  with leadership skills they will need in the future.

Sophomore Ella Drummey said, “Both of the girls working on the opening with Isabelle and I were so excited and had so many ideas. It was fun to watch them work with all of their classmates and teach them the things they were learning. I’m so happy we got to spend our class with them.” 

To see the two 4th grade news shows, watch here and here
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