Washington High students learn about TV industry

Washington High students learn about TV industry
Posted on 11/08/2018
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Despite the desolation of West Virginia’s Film Office and its lucrative TaxCredits, Jefferson County students are, once again, being trained by pros in the TV, video and film industries.
Katherine Walsh Ryan, former head of the Ryan Film Institute in Shepherdstown, is now teaching at Washington High School.

“Our program is focused on job training, and building hands-on skills to reach career goals and achieve personal creative objectives,” Ryan said. Priorities are modernizing computer hardware and software, as well as studio equipment, and finding cost-effective options for teaching modern journalistic techniques.

Ryan is organizing livestreams with broadcast journalists from here and abroad to discuss student interests. She has also invited former Ryan Film Institute students and colleagues to appear as guest lecturers and hands-on teaching crew for the revamped program. Ryan said she welcomes this opportunity to share her knowledge and introduce students to professionals and former students who now work in the TV, video and film industry throughout the United States.

Registered students will be trained to cover county school events and will be entered in a student scholarship contest to attend Journalism Education Association’s National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim, California, April 25-27, 2019, which highlights award-winning youth projects.

Classes are being held in the renovated Studio G~120, Washington High School, 300 Washington Patriot Drive, Charles Town.The course is open to all Jefferson County students, ages 12-18 as well as homeschoolers with up-to-date vaccinations. An open house from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday will offer an introduction of the studio space and the course work to interested students. Thisis a three-credit arts course toward high school graduation. To register, call 304-885-5110.

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