FLINT TWP. — Producing daily broadcasts of a news show is one of many things that students at Swartz Creek High School are doing with Public, Education and Government (PEG) access funds.
The money is acquired through an agreement with Comcast Cable to return a percentage of franchise fees to the community for public access TV programs.
Last week, the Flint Township Board approved the release of $16,000 to the Carman-Ainsworth, Flushing and Swartz Creek school districts.
C-A will get half of it – $8,000, while Swartz Creek and Flushing will get $4,000 each.
C-A gets the lion’s share because more Flint Township residents live in that school district, said Township Clerk Kim Courts.
PEG funds are disbursed three or four times during a school year. Under the agreement, each school district is required to provide quarterly written reports to the township on how the funds are spent.
A recent report from Ben Gillett, the Visual/Video Communication Instructor for Swartz Creek High School, detailed highlights from the last nine weeks.
During the first marking period, new students were taught the basics of news reporting, editing and live production
“We have a great group of students this year,” he said. “They are learning a lot and doing a great job.”
Starting the second week of school, students began producing the daily 4-5 minute news broadcasts including daily announcements, community news and public service announcements. Interviews were conducted with students, teachers and administrators on a wide range of topics. Including sports, clubs, activities and upcoming school events.
Students also sold popcorn to help raise funds to buy new software, a new microphone and several small piece of equipment, Gillett said.
“We filmed and live-streamed several events including the Grearup2Lead Fall Conference from the Whiting Auditorium and the Morrish Elementary Veteran’s Day Concert from the Swartz Creek PAC,” he said.
Students’ work can be viewed online in archived files at www.creekvideo.wordpress.com
C-A high and middle school students have similar broadcasts, supported by PEG funds.