For those of you who haven’t been to the FCCTV studio, it is an area of decent sized rooms that hides under the very school we walk in. To get in, you have to enter a code, knock on the door three times and then perfect the secret handshake.
Kidding, of course; the doors are by the art room back entrance and are almost always open. The tech guy who runs the place, Michael Palmrose, was very helpful and willing to teach us TV amateurs, the staff of Lasso Online, how to perfect the art of the press conference.
It was quite an experience. The first thing I noticed when I walked in the room—besides the overwhelming amount of technology surrounding me—was how cold it is. I soon realized, however; why the air conditioning was on full blast when I started to feel the heat of the stage lights.
Students sit in their seats with pen and notebook in hand. Barely five minutes later, the Superintendents, both Dr. Berlin and Dr. Jones, arrive. Next thing you know, the teleprompters are rolling and the blinding lights are front and center on seniors Eddy Marshall and Hannah Leopold.
A few questions and answers later, the camera man gives the signal and it is all over. Everyone takes a deep breath. Journalists finish their last notes and Superintendents exchange a few light conversations.
What was the most memorable part of this Lasso adventure?
Co-news editor Allie Plata, freshman, says, “asking the questions, on TV!”
Students were most excited about the fact that they would be shown on television. Even if it is not national television, the experience is still something worth telling to grandchildren—well, maybe younger grandchildren, because no grandchildren over the age of 12 will find that very exciting.
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