New Studio to Bring Real-World to OHS
The next Walter Cronkite or Katie Couric may soon be broadcasting from Oakwood High School thanks to plans to create a real-world broadcast studio.
Journalism: Convergent Media is a class available to students in grades 9 through 12. The class exposes students to various aspects of journalism, including print, digital and broadcast. Out of the new class came the creation of The Ax Media in the spring of 2020, merging The Dome, OHS’ student newspaper, and AxTV, the school’s broadcasting program.
Students have been working closely with teacher Kelsey Jackson to mold this new program. During the process of creating the class and the new media group, the distinct need for new and relevant broadcasting technology to support excellence in education for Oakwood students became apparent.
“I want to provide students a real-world newsroom experience to best prepare and expose them to a career in journalism. Unfortunately, the equipment we have gives students the opportunity to practice some, but not all skills, and really doesn't provide the space to explore the full process of producing broadcast news,” Jackson said.
An up-to-date broadcast studio with upgraded technology and equipment would expose students to authentic experiences, better preparing them for college or a career in journalism after high school. One of the current goals for the project is to provide multi-uses for the equipment. For example, the studio could also function as a photography space for The Acorn yearbook staff.
The project will cost an estimated $60,000. In partnership with the Oakwood Schools Foundation, support is being sought from Oakwood alumni, families and community members to install the new studio at Oakwood High School for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Community partners, including the OJH/OHS PTO and Oakwood Fine Arts Boosters, have underscored the importance of this worthwhile project to better prepare Oakwood students for their post-secondary pursuits.
“[Oakwood Fine Arts Boosters] believes arts opportunities are indispensable in cultivating creative problem solvers and collaborators. This innovative project will provide unique opportunities for students in front of and behind the camera. OFAB is proud to help fund this OHS venture,” OFAB President Amy Askins said.
“The PTO exists to support our teachers and schools. We are thrilled to partner with OSF and OFAB to provide this amazing opportunity for our students,” OJH/OHS PTO Grants Chair Jennifer Almoney said.
The Oakwood Schools Foundation is accepting donations for the project. You can find more information and details on how to contribute on the OSF website.
The Oakwood Schools Foundation is proud to be a component fund of The Dayton Foundation.