2016-11-17 / Life in Leelanau

Noses for news: Lakers shine bright in school spotlight

Glen Lake students lean on GLTV for news, current events
By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


JUNIOR HUNTER Reece mans the controls, switching from one camera to the next as part of the production crew for GLTV, Glen Lake Television, broadcast twice a week. JUNIOR HUNTER Reece mans the controls, switching from one camera to the next as part of the production crew for GLTV, Glen Lake Television, broadcast twice a week. Glen Lake High School students have taken to the airwaves to let the community know what’s happening at their school.

GLTV (Glen Lake Television) produces two, 3 1/2-minute newscasts weekly, available on the school website and YouTube. The production cast and crew is comprised of students in grade 9-12.

“It’s my first year,” senior Grace Daniels, who, along with senior Peter Macke, anchored the Nov. 8 GLTV news cast. “I’ve learned so much about broadcasting and the jobs that go into it. It took me a while to get comfortable speaking in front of a camera. But it’s fun.”

The “current events” class, an elective offered to high school students, has been in existence for many years. However, it took off in a different direction about four years ago with passage of a technology bond.


PETER MACKE and Grace Daniels (from left) were news anchors on GLTV, Glen Lake School’s student-led newscast which was available to the school community and on the worldwide web within minutes of production last week. PETER MACKE and Grace Daniels (from left) were news anchors on GLTV, Glen Lake School’s student-led newscast which was available to the school community and on the worldwide web within minutes of production last week. “The equipment they had before was outdated … tape to tape stuff,” said Matt Soltysiak, who teaches Spanish in addition to the current events class.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.

Soltysiak’s name may seem familiar: he spent the majority of his broadcasting career reporting for 7&4 News.

Last Tuesday, Election Day, Daniels and Macke sat at the news desk, a green screen in the background. The screen contains the least visual “noise” making it easier to project graphics such as a world/weather map.

Also taking the mic were sophomore Haley Hutchens, with coming events, and freshman Brady Krohn, with weather.

Daniels, Macke and Hutchens take information that would be included in typical announcements and write copy that adapts to a spoken form; they also write transitions to smooth things out as they go back and forth from one camera to the next.

Copy writing is done on laptops and then appears on teleprompters near the cameras, allowing the newscasters to deliver information without looking down to reference their script.

Subjects covered included student athlete’s performance at the cross country state competition and the deadline for driver’s education registration, among others.

Macke broke up the copy with the following joke:

“Today’s Election Day … and I used to think Halloween was scary.”

And Daniels used this to segue to weather with Krohn.

Crew members working the more technical aspects of the newscast were junior Hunter Reece as switcher and freshman Joey Buffum, on audio.

Floor director Tommy Kendall was absent. Soltysiak served in his place, cuing the anchors as well as Hutchens and Krohn.

After each take, the students went over their production asking themselves what they did well and things that may have not gone as planned.

“We notice our mistakes more than others,” Soltysiak said.

Still, it took them four takes before all were pleased with the end product.

“It’s fun. I like being able to present in front of the whole school and see their reaction,” Macke said.

From start to finish, the 3 1/2-minute production took about two-thirds of the 85-minute class period and was on the school website by 10:20 a.m. that morning.

The remainder of the class was spent talking about different cameras in use in the industry.

In addition to the newscast, the “current events” students also produce individual public service announcements and are graded as well.

The same telecommunications equipment used by GLTV is used by Soltysiak’s Spanish III and IV classes respectively to produce PSAs and newscasts in Spanish.

And with that, we’ll sign off with the Laker TV tag line delivered by Daniels with a smile: “Have a great Laker Day!”

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