High School Students Learn to Broadcast

By Anna Yee

June 22, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:04 AM CDT

Take a good look at these students-- you might see them on TV or hear them on talk-radio in a few years.

The Illinois Broadcasters Association and Bradley University's Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts are holding a workshop this week. The program is in its fourteenth year and is the creation of Dr. Bob Jacobs.

It's giving these 24 high school juniors and seniors the chance to take their first steps towards a career in broadcasting.

"I didn't even know much," said Deandre Wilson, a high school senior from Chicago. "To be honest, coming here, it helped me learn a lot."

In five days, they'll learn everything about the field-- from writing stories to anchoring newscasts and everything behind the scenes.

"I thought it was all fun and games until I sat there and was like, 'What are you doing?," said Wilson.

"A lot of work goes into putting together stories and a full show," said, Camille Michelotti, 16, of Libertyville, "and it's really worth it in the end, because I love seeing how our stories are going to play out."

Camille Michelotti is striving to be a radio broadcaster, but the news business caters to more than on-air talent.

Just ask Bradley graduate Vanessa Johnson who now works for WEEK-TV and WHOI-TV.

She was in the same seat when she decided producing was the path for her.

"To, you know, be the living proof that you can go to a simple five day summer camp to later in life become an actual producer," said Johnson, "it makes me really proud to be able to say that I finally made it to where I want to be."

Although many broadcasting jobs come with criticisms-- like odd hours and modest pay-- those who work the field say the more experience you have, the better.

"If you really want to get your feet wet, get your feet wet," said Johnson. "Don't wait for someone to walk you in the water."

Words of advice for anyone ready to broadcast.

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