HS Tech Students Explore MTV Studios in NYC

HS Tech Students Explore MTV Studios in NYC

A selected group of 20 high school students in technology teacher James Connell’s video production, broadcast television and independent film classes recently visited the studios of MTV News in New York City. The field trip was facilitated by Dan Montalto, the digital, television video development and digital strategy director at MTV Networks, as a way for the students to examine possible future career paths.

The students also had a chance to speak with several other professionals who work at MTV News and see what their daily work lives are like, including social media manager Josh Edwards, teleprompter operator Alissa Godwin, hip-hop writer Charles Holmes, studio and lighting technician Rory Moon, video director Steven Roberts, producer Stacey Sommer and editorial director Rebecca Thomas.

The day was filled with everything from guest speakers to watching newly edited MTV News digital essays, a trip through the editing suite as well as a film shoot within their own studio room. The students’ videos (view below) were edited and delivered back to Connell’s class by the end of the day.

“I was so happy that the students got the chance to see what it’s like to work in a professional television or online studio environment,” said Connell. “Many of my students are pursuing careers within the field and got a real in-depth look into what could be their very own future employment might look and feel like.”

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