Jewish Academy students write and produce newscast


September 20, 2019

JAO students operate the newscast camera.

Each morning, Jewish Academy of Orlando students produce a daily 15-minute kid-friendly news program. The students share fun news stories, as well as highlight students and events happening in the school. The newscasts are filmed, produced and anchored by students as young as fourth grade. Students of all ages participate, including Transitional Kindergarten.

Students in fourth and fifth grades are taught skills in various news production roles, including teleprompter operation, audio and video mixer operators, roving news reporters, weather, sports, news and feature anchors. The students conceptualize, record and edit video segments for the news.

Transitional Kindergarten through third grade students participate daily by leading the school in the recital of the pledge of allegiance and the U.S. and Israeli national anthems. This is followed by a daily prayer. Students watch in their classrooms via the school's in-house video distribution network. Parents are invited to view the news daily in the school library and or on their own device.

Head of School Alan Rusonik stated, "We are fortunate to start each day as a school community watching the news." He added, "It is a great way to start our day together and gives our students new production skills at a very young age."

Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. The school delivers a whole-child education fostering academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Academy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.  

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