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Television course offered for middle school students

CARLSBAD — Student Television Network (STN), a national association of high school and middle school media programs, has announced plans for its first academy program for middle school students. The academy will be held June 24 through June 28 at the Carlsbad by the Sea Resort, 850 Palomar Airport Road.The five-day academy is open to students entering grades six through eight. No previous experience in video is required. The cost starts at $350. Early morning and evening extended care is also available. Students from around the country have been invited to attend and overnight options are also available.

Students who attend will learn about video production, planning and executing a story, writing copy, speaking on camera and using equipment. Students will experiment with the creation of a feature news story, a public service announcement, a commercial, a music video and a movie trailer. Students will serve in various production roles and will be taught leadership skills and responsibility while learning to work together as a team to complete a common goal.

“In addition to real world skills for video, television and film, this academy will give students tremendous confidence in speaking, writing and performance.” said Nancy Held Loucas, program director for Student Television Network. “These are all 21st -century skills that kids need to be successful.”

The Academy Director is Paul Kass, an STN Board Member and teacher at Placerita Middle School. In addition to his normal teaching assignment, he organizes the video production/broadcast journalism club for the school and helps the students produce a live daily morning news show. For more information, refer to the Web site at or call the Carlsbad office at (760) 692-2295.