Many media coordinators are tasked with "morning news" programs. But this daily obligation doesn't have to be a bear! If you are looking to start a daily student news program or need tips on revamping an old one, read how Shanna Leonard, library media coordinator at Tyro Elementary, has structured her program to be student-centered and sustainable.
Morning News Team
Our Tyro Bear students deliver our Morning News every morning…...LIVE! The ideal plan is to air the morning news live through a video camera feed, however, currently our video feed is not working. Therefore, we air our Morning News over the intercom every morning.
This year we have 3 morning news teams due to the overwhelming response of students trying out as well as the overall talent of the students. We have 7 students on each morning news team with individualized jobs.
The morning news team jobs and descriptions are listed below:
Things announced on morning news:
After the morning news airs, the prompter stays and types the news for the next day.
Five years ago, our wonderful School Counselor, Angie Lanning was in charge of the Morning News Team and created a parent letter, teacher recommendation letter, and student application which I have tweaked since and continue to use. Please see the link:
And thanks to Angie Lanning!!!
The news program is so popular that I have arranged for 3 "teams" that rotate out every 2 weeks. I keep a calendar outside of the media center to help keep everyone on track. There is an application process and students need parent permission. But the students take the responsibility very seriously and therefore are very engaged and well behaved. This system almost runs itself.
I love being in charge of the morning news team! The students enjoy hearing their peers share the announcements with the entire school and it is a great way to start our educational day!
There are lots of different ways to do the morning news. If you have another idea or would like to share what you do, comment below. Or better yet, submit a blog post!
A special thanks to Brene Duggins from East and Lorie Steed from Central for their dedication to this awesome new program celebrating young adult literature!
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