Behind the Scenes
March 17, 2017
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We all know that Raider News Network gives us the news from around the school on a daily basis, but how do they do it? According to the team, creating each episode of RNN is quite a task.
“With each episode, we film our intro and the thought of the day together and then we switch anchors depending on which announcements are first.” senior CJ Rankin said. “Once it’s all filmed, we piece the videos together through a lot of editing, producing and audio checking.”
This process requires each student in RNN to work hard at their position. To give each student a chance to try each position, the jobs are rotated every day.
“We get assigned our jobs for the day and then we do our thing.” said senior Abby Acosta. “Then we give everything to the director and they decide how everything will be formatted that day.”
For each episode, anchors have to write their script based on emails from club sponsors and teachers about upcoming events.
“Anchoring is pretty fun because you get to write your script every day in your own words.” said sophomore Thanh Hellman. “Depending on which anchor you are, you can either lead the announcements or do the Thought of the Day.”
The broadcast team commits a lot of their time to producing these videos. RNN episodes take about 10-20 minutes to film and about an hour and a half to produce.
“How long it takes always depends on who’s anchoring, who’s directing, how fast it is, how many segments we have, and how many announcements we have for that episode.” Hellman said. “If there’s short announcements, it’s quick and easy, but sometimes it goes all the way to advocate, which isn’t ideal.”
The RNN team is a closely knit group, mostly due to the fact that they spend so much time together creating the RNN videos.
“We all work well together because we know what each other’s’ strengths and weaknesses are so we really go off of that.” said Acosta. “We know who to go to with questions and we look to each other to get the job done.”
RNN is currently open for applications for next school year. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 20th.
“My favorite thing about RNN is being able to make something to put out for the entire school to see.” Acosta said. “It’s exciting to see how we help get positive things spread across the school.”