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New live newscast every morning at Webster High

Posted at 5:52 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 18:52:36-05

TULSA, Okla. — There is a rewarding new challenge for some Tulsa High School students at Webster High School.

Students are producing their own live newscast every day.

Cameron Shaffin is one of the seniors in the program Webster High School.

"I love being an anchor and I also do cold openings, and I like working with the cameras too," Shaffin said.

This is her first year to be an anchor, and she says her first time in front of the camera was nerve wracking.

"My goal would definitely be, to be on the news. I like watching the news. I think it would be fun to be an anchor for that too. Giving information on what's going on and stuff," Shaffin said.

Senior student director William Freeman says his job is a bit stressful but it can be very rewarding.

"My job as the director here is essentially to piece everyone together, Freeman said, "to get a really good quality show out,".

Freeman says in the beginning of the year they made many mistakes, and although they still do, everyone has improved.

"I feel like we've gotten over a little bump in the road and we are going to keep going up," Freeman said.

Dennis Burns has been in charge of the program since 2016.

It was his decision to completely rebuild the set, and have a daily broadcast.

He also makes sure the students rotate jobs and positions.

"The goal would be to teach them how to do all this in the event that one is absent. We can get someone to fill in and we are not scrambling to find someone to fill it. And we have had that happen," Burns said.

Burns says he wants the program to be successful, so students compete for spots in his class.

"This year we've made the conscious effort. The kids that are in this class now had to apply to be in this class. So most of them have an interest to be here," Burns said.

Burns has dreams to broadcast on a local cable channel for everyone in Tulsa.

He wants to invite students from other Middle and High Schools to join the production team.

He says if they have the talent, anyone can audition.

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