When the late bell rings signaling the beginning of third period, students stand up for the daily intercom announcements. After brief soundbites regarding school events, Barons eagerly await for the same phrase every day: “Now, please turn on your TV for the morning announcements.” For the incoming freshmen, the video bulletin is something new, while seniors often flippantly glance at the screen. Few Barons are aware that members of the bulletin staff are among them in class, whether they are anchors, producers, or cameramen.
Students enrolled in Bonita Vista’s digital media course are responsible for producing the daily video bulletin, complete with school event updates, sports coverage, and other miscellaneous news stories. Barons rely heavily on media for everything from club meeting announcements to weather reports.
“We live in a post information age, where media surrounds us everywhere,” digital media and bulletin advisor Edwin Lim said.
Lim is currently in his second year teaching this course and taking on the responsibility of the bulletin, but Lim is no stranger to digital production. He was a film and television major in college. The class requires that students communicate with Lim regarding what clips to record for that upcoming Friday assignment, assigning broadcasting schedules, providing information on upcoming events, and reporting dates for sporting games and club meetings.
“The bulletin is much more professional [than in previous years.] [There are] no goofy skits and are now on the web,” Lim said.
Digital media teaches students various skills, such as basic camera instruction, how to import material, and editing abilities. Mastering these skills are both interactive and useful. Staff members agree that the production of bulletin is as entertaining as the videos themselves.
“[We want to] make the bulletin as fun as it could be,” Battrick said.
When watching the bulletin, students might see it as an unneccessary timesuck in third period. Those in the class, however, might oppose that idea, as it is the evidence of their hard work on screen for the entire school to observe.
“I’m okay with the way students and the staff look at the bulletin. [I] take pride with my work, and we will be better,” Lim said.
There are qualities that make every course enjoyable. For multimedia, it is a combination of both the students and the content.
“[You have to be] really out going to be in this class; you learn computer skills and the people in the class make it enjoyable,” Pattrick said.
That is what the bulletin is set to do: show the students of Bonita that the class is meant to be fun, while at the same time producing a broadcast for the school. The bulletin has its share of difficulties in accomplishing that. At times, there are issues with displaying the bulletin or with the playback quality, but it all starts with the staff and the students.
“[There are] 15 awesome students, while the other 23 students need to do something, and produce something those students will take pride in,” Jim said.
For the future of the class, the current staff members are hopeful that next year’s members will take the course seriously. The bulletin would also like to start off some of the projects Lim has thought of to add more content to the production.
“There are many things [I] would like to do, such as student film festivals, a comedy series, music videos, and documentaries,” Jim said.
One of the more prod moments the bulletin has had was when the class produced a broadcast last year with different languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, and Filipino. Equally gratifying, is the effect the class can have on the kids.
“The greatest thing about working on the bulletin is when someone is timid and quiet and then suddenly becomes a star in one broadcast,” Tim said.