Long Beach High School Television Studio Production students have participated in the annual Broadcasting Awards for Senior High since the event was introduced, and this year, had the opportunity to host it in their own studio with teacher Eric Krywe. The event, which has previously been held in person at Southold High School and Stony Brook University, took place virtually on April 30 in light of the pandemic. In addition to their critical roles in executing the program, the Long Beach students earned recognition for their own entries, including a Second Place Best Opening Segment award.
The event’s coordinators, familiar with the level of professionalism that the high school’s studio and students embody, asked them to host the first virtual edition. Prior to the event, the Long Beach High School group created a promotional video that was shared with other schools to spread the word to prospective contestants.
The event was broadcast through Whova software and featured a keynote speech from Newsday Multimedia Producer Jeff Basinger, as well as several break-out sessions in which students could choose subjects ranging from editing to journalism. This was followed by the awards ceremony, facilitated by the Long Beach students and Mr. Krywe.
Long Beach High School students presented the categories of Best Broadcast, Best Community News Package, Best P.S.A., Best Opening Segment, Best Sports Package, Best School News Package, Best Anchor Team, Most Entertaining and Best Science Reporting Package. They filmed and starred in teaser videos for each of these categories, which were aired during the livestream and involved behind-the-scenes steps such as brainstorming ideas, scriptwriting, storyboarding and filming.
Students Cole Parenti, Elliot Schenck and Ryder Moss took the spotlight as emcees and introduced each category’s candidates and announced winners.
“Our students worked as professionals to meet all deadlines, create videos of the highest quality, and continuously take into consideration that this event will be viewed by nearly one thousand people all across Long Island and beyond,” Mr. Krywe said. “All three hosts carried themselves with poise, confidence, and professionalism as they spoke eloquently and added colorful banter when necessary. I couldn't be prouder of the entire team of TV Studio Production students that I'm blessed to work with every day!”