By TIFFANY RONEY
CHAPMAN — Chapman High School is making the news – literally. Not only is Chapman High School’s journalism program winning awards but it is also about to produce news in a way it has never done before.
CHS will stream live news broadcasts to its website, starting with graduation on Sunday.
Sean Kosednar, journalism teacher at CHS, said this new direction started while he and his students were at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters conference, where they received an award for their show, Chapman High News. An employee of PlayOn! Sports came into a meeting and left his business cards.
From that point forward, Kosednar took steps to make live broadcasts a reality for CHS. The school purchased a licensing fee from PlayOn! Sports. The company sent CHS a laptop and the necessary video capture equipment, and CHS will use the cameras they already own.
“Our athletic director was very excited about doing that, because people are always calling and asking, ‘Is it going to be on the internet anywhere? Are the games going to be on the radio?’” Kosednar said. “So, he thought it was a really good service that we could give to the community.”
Kosednar said he plans stream the away football games, as well as other school events. He said students in his broadcasting class will be responsible for shooting and posting the broadcasts.
“It’ll start small, as just a camera pointed at the field, and no commentary, but if interest in it grows, then we may reach out to more people, look at alumni,” Kosednar said. “Ideally, we’d want it to be just like anything you’d see, like, if you’d flip on a Chiefs game – multiple cameras, people in the booth and maybe a sideline person, graphics – have it look like a professional broadcast.”
He said the primary roadblock between a one-camera, natural-sound broadcast and one that would look more professional is the need for a larger group of people who are interested in both broadcasting and sports. For example, he said they may want to seek someone who is knowledgeable about baseball to sit in the booth with a student and serve as a commentator.
“I know I have some kids graduating now that are disappointed that they weren’t able to work on this, because they’re really excited about it,” Kosednar said. “So, maybe reach out to people that have graduated, other people from the community and other students – just see where it goes from there.”
Shane Sundahl, assistant principal of CHS, said the school is in the infancy stages of live broadcasting.
“We’re going to start at least a couple activities, a couple sports, different things throughout the year, and then build up as we get better at it,” Sundahl said.
Kosednar said CHS’ graduation will be available online at 2:30 p.m. at http://emerald.chapmanirish.net/.