Denton County High School TV Broadcast Up For National Award

Andrew Greenstein
March 19, 2019 - 1:41 pm
Creative Media Production Academy at Northwest ISD

Credit: Andrew Greenstein, 1080 KRLD


JUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - A high school in the Northwest ISD is up for a national award, and this is not their first time.

“For the fourth year in a row, we've been ranked (by the Student Television Network) as the best live daily broadcast in the southwest region of the United States,” says Jeremy Rawe, director of the Creative Media Production Academy at Northwest ISD, which produces NHS-TV Live every morning.

NHS-TV Live is now up for the national award at the STN’s national convention in Seattle on March 28.

The competition is fierce.

“There's a school out of Carlsbad, California — they're actually one that's been doing this longer than pretty much anyone else” says Rawe. “And they usually win every year, but we're going to give them a run for their money.”

The other two schools competing for national honors are in Kansas City, Missouri; and Delray Beach, Florida.

NHS-TV Is Part Of NISD Academy

NHS-TV is part of Northwest’s Creative Media Production Academy.

“It's a four year commitment,” says Rawe. “They're trying to get into this program in the eighth grade, and that's when we start recruiting from our middle schools.”

At 9:30 every morning, academy students report to the in-school television station to prepare for the ten-minute live newscast that’s broadcast to all homerooms at precisely 11:05 a.m.

Junior Annie Funk, 17, co-anchors one day a week, and she produces the live broadcast once a week on the day that’s challenging even for seasoned veterans — Mondays.

“I motivate people to get their work done,” says Funk. “I’m like, ‘Hey, like if you could do this over the weekend for me, that'd be great.’”

Senior Garrett Schneerman, 18, produces the Wednesday newscasts on NHS-TV Live.

“It's my job to make sure that we have news packages and stories for our show,” says Schneermann. “We have anchors write their scripts and everything. We have interviews scheduled.”

Schneermann originally enrolled in the academy to further his love for films and filmmaking, but he quickly changed direction.

“I liked informing the students about everything,” Schneermann says. “I felt that that was real important work that we do here.”

Next year, Schneermann will attend the University of Oklahoma, where he will study broadcasting — something that Funk says she also wants to do beyond high school.

“I want to keep going along with it and figuring out exactly where I want to be in this career,” says Funk.

NHS-TV Facilities Rival Those Of Professional Stations

Thanks to voters approving a $399-million bond package in May of 2017, Northwest High School greatly upgraded its TV facilities, which Rawe says rival those of many professional stations.

“We've had several media outlets (and) we've had our integrators come in,” says Rawe. “And they're like, ‘This is a facility that's really top notch.’”

Rawe says NHS-TV lives up to its slogan: For Students, By Students.

“We teach them everything they need to know,” says Rawe. “We're there to help them, to coach them (and) to oversee. But it's 100-percent student run.”