Brackenridge students get real-world experience at Univision

 Brackenridge journalists learning in news studio

Brack Media students PSBrackenridge High School Media Productions Magnet students pose with the KWEX Univision 41 news team.

March 6, 2012

Students in Brackenridge High School’s Media Productions Magnet are receiving valuable real-world experience under a partnership with KWEX Univision 41, which has launched a new program that gives area students “unparalleled access and insights into today’s fast-paced communications industry.”

Brackenridge High School’s broadcast journalism students are the only high school students participating in the program, called “Proyecto U.” Together with area college students they are producing a newscast — the first aired March 3 — that airs as part of the Noticias 41 Weekend News.

The Brackenridge students are filling technical production roles and will receive coaching under the supervision of the KWEX News Department to develop their technical skills.

Senior Erik Lopez took on the role of photographer for his first assignment, working with a student reporter from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He hopes to one day work professionally as a cameraman and says his experience in Brackenridge’s Media Productions Magnet has helped to prepare him.

“It’s a great class,” Lopez said. “It’s to get you get ready for the real world…and to help you succeed in life.”

The broadcast journalism students are part of the Media Productions Magnet, which also offers digital cinema and animation strands. Students take a coherent series of yearlong courses in their selected fields each of their four years in high school.

“What we’re aiming to do is provide rigorous coursework that is relevant, that has a direct connection to real-world careers,” said Jorge Hernandez, magnet media coordinator at the school. “The students are using the knowledge and skills from their other classes, the academic core classes, and they’re putting it to work in this field.”

Learn more about the Media Productions Magnet here.

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