MASSILLON, OHIO – Students at Perry High School have an alternative to the classic study hall or free period when adding to their class schedule. Junior and Seniors have the opportunity to be a part of the Media/Video Production Program and learn more about the growing media industry.
Keith Brown is the teacher leading the program that’s entering it’s 5th year. While it’s new to the game, the program holds a broad range of media focused topics including tv studio broadcasting, equipment operation, interview questions, creative ideas, all while keeping a positive and focused attitude.
“Junior year they focus on just broadcasting, producing segments and planning the whole thing.” Brown said, breaking down the program. “Senior year focuses more on video editing where they’ll learn Final Cut Pro and Logic”.
Projects also extend to outside the classroom, local businesses such as Hillshire Clark Electric and most recently the Stark County Fair have called upon the program for help.
“I actually got to leave school and go to the fair and record some things,” explained Senior Aubrey Kreitzer. “I got to see all the behind the scenes of all the things that go on and get up close and personal with the people and animals.”
The class is definitely a hit amongst students. The two year program draws interest during sophomore year and students find themselves in a creative team environment like no other class.
“I saw it as an option and it was already something I was interested in so I thought it was perfect,” Said Senior Vallen Voyles who joined with her twin brother, Vayden. “For a show like Keep It Rolling, we would take turns going on the tech side of things or in front of the camera. Mr. Brown puts in groups for different projects and it’s a system we have, it’s works pretty well i’d say.”
Along with great equipment and fun opportunities, Mr. Brown seems to play an equally important role in the success of the class.
“I really like editing Video/Media Production, I feel like he really let’s us bring out ourselves into videos and projects,” said Ally Hall, A senior who travels 30 mins from East Canton to participate. “He’s not that strict, but does push you to your limit as a student. He knows we can do so much.”
While the program is already exciting and popular, Brown has plans for the future to keep everything state of the art.
“One Of the more recent things we did was put a podcast studio in,” Brown said, “As far as moving forward I just try to keep my eye on technology to keep us on the leading edge of what’s evolving.”
See the Perry Media/Video Production Program’s work by visiting https://www.youtube.com/@ThePHSNews/videos. You can also watch more with an exclusive interview below.