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North Texas Kids Try Out TV News

High school journalists get high tech toys

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    Northwest ISD's Academy of Media Arts and Technology has a state of the art media center where students produce newscasts just like in college.

    The future of North Texas television begins today. A high school in Justin, Texas has just unveiled their state of the art media center.

    Complete with a full studio, and all the equipment a young journalist could ever want, some high school freshmen may soon be able to give our staff a run for our money.

    We’re talking about Northwest Independent School District's Academy of Media Arts and Technology. The program, two years in the making, is now a reality.

    "We really had to start from scratch, visit a lot of schools, TV stations industry partners we talked to, to try and get all the information we could to build the best practical facility possible," said instructor Jeremy Rawe.

    The 95 students enrolled will learn to edit, shoot, and write their own scripts. They’ll then produce a newscast in their hi-def studio. Now, freshmen in the Northwest school district will be able to do things that were once only reserved for college courses.

    "They learn everything so they're prepared for whatever they decide to go do," Rawe said.

    They students have only had this hands on experience since fall of 2009, but they said they plan on sticking with it.

    "Because I’ve learned a lot in a semester and a half and it just sounds like something I want to do for the rest of my life," said student Katie Crowley.