School & Community
RCHS students shadow local media
Many students from RCHS had the opportunity to job shadow. Arron Smith, Megan Miller, and Stephanie Levengood were all able to job shadow at News Channel 9 in Chattanooga.
Arron Smith, a senior at RCHS, was able to job shadow Allison Chinchar, a meteorologist for the news station. “Just experiencing and looking at the information and seeing how much they enjoy their job, makes me want to seek this profession even more,” said Arron.
Throughout the day, Arron got to see how the newsroom works. First, he met the people and toured the entire newsroom. After that, he was able to see how the station makes newscasts and work the doppler radar. Arron was also allowed to help make graphics and the seven day forecast and was allowed thirty minutes on the spot – the spot is the screen.
“I had a blast and I was able to make a few connections,” Arron said, “I also learned more resources for future weather references,” he added.
Megan Miller, a junior at RCHS, job shadowed Kim Chapman. Megan was able to write an article for the radio station that Chapman works for. She also had the opportunity to see the control room of News Channel 9 and sit in on a production meeting.
Chapman and Megan also recorded an interview. In the interview Chapman and Megan asked each other questions and talked about a lot in Rhea County and the world. “It was nerve-racking,” said Megan. Clips of the interview were aired on the eleven o’clock news.
“Broadcasting wasn’t on my list of jobs, but after my experience it is definitely something I will consider,” Megan said, “I would have never thought that I would have wanted to be on the news.”
Stephanie Levengood, a junior at RCHS, followed Kim Fields. She was able to meet the producers and directors of the news station. Stephanie also wrote two stories for the five thirty news. The first story was about Phil Bredeson accepting the stimulus packet and the second one was about Obama and the new budget. “My favorite part was writing stories and watching them on the news,” she said.