WCBS Newsradio 880 and Koeppel Auto Group have partnered to help inspire a new generation of broadcast journalists. As part of our Kidscast Program, news reporters, anchors and managers are visiting New York City High Schools working with the journalists of tomorrow learning lessons today. At WCBS 880 we can report, the Future is Bright! In just our first few visits we have met young men and women who are engaged and practicing the art of storytelling and news reporting in their classrooms and communities. Thanks to the support of our friends and partners at the Koeppel Auto Group, we’re training the journalists of the future in the 2017 Kidscast Program.
Starting in late April, WCBS began visiting schools across the city to present custom programs with area high schools tackling topics like ethics in reporting, political reporting, how to choose a story, and how to conduct interviews.
We held our first program on April 26th with broadcast journalism students at the World Journalism Preparatory School in Queens. News Director Tim Scheld and Reporter Alex Silverman broke down the process of covering news stories in New York City.
The students were especially interested in how reporters make sure their stories are fair and accurate and how they evaluate sources of information. The student journalists at WJPS taped interviews with the Tim and Alex and we look forward to sharing a link on their story soon.
Next the WCBS Koeppel Auto Group Kidscast team traveled to Cardozo High School on April 27th. A crowd of just over 150 students at the Queens high school heard from Reporter Peter Haskell, News Operations Manager Melissa Raff, and Assistant News Director Jonathan Clark. The students were interested in hearing about how stories were developed, how reporters research them, and how they got covered. This session lasted for 90 minutes with half the time taken in answering students questions.
Why is WCBS’s Marla Diamond in Ms. Singh’s AP English Lit Class?
Marla came to the Erasmus Campus of the Academy for College Prep & Career Exploration in Brooklyn to talk about her job as the morning reporter on Newsradio 880. A number of the students were interested in hearing how Marla gets the information she uses in her stories. Each student was
given a Kidscast notebook thanks to our friends at the Koeppel Auto Group to work on their own stories. By the way, Marla was thrilled to walk the hallways of the Erasmus Campus where Barbara Streisand and Eli Wallach went to school. The place is a treasure!
The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was the next stop for the WCBS Koeppel Kidscast Vehicle. The Astoria school is across the street from the storied Kauffman Studios in Queens.
Our host was Journalism Teacher Matt Scheiner who introduced us to an engaged group of students in one of the schools black box theaters.
Marla Diamond and Tim Scheld sat with the students for a class period taking questions on how to keep bias out of reporting, how to tell stories, and best way to get your foot in the door to get a job.
Kidscast – Thursday, May 18
John Quincy Adams High School | Ozone Park, NY
The journalism students at John Quincy Adams High School welcomed WCBS Anchor / Reporter Alex Silverman and Assistant News Director Jonathan Clark into their classroom for a discussion about news gathering and storytelling. The students showed a particular interest in breaking news and what makes a story worth putting on the air. These questions allowed Alex to detail how he credits and uses sources on stories, while Jonathan was able to discuss making the news relevant for all listeners since the station has such a wide geographical listening base.
Each school involved in our yearlong Kidscast program will have a chance to bring a number of students to our CBS Hudson Square Broadcast Center in Manhattan for an up close visit and Junior Broadcaster seminar sometime in 2017.
For more information, please contact TScheld@CBS.com.