|Wake County Students Explore Careers in Television For A Day|
Before Punxsutawney Phil even stepped out of his burrow, some WRAL-TV employees were seeing their shadows. WRAL-TV participated in the Groundhog Shadow Day for Wake County Public Schools on Friday, February 1, 2002. Everyone from anchors to photographers to directors to technologists showed students the behind the scenes workings of a television station.
WRAL-TV Director/Producer Clarence Williams and Anchor/Reporter Ken Smith coordinated the event at the station. Ten Wake County students spent the morning learning the nuts and bolts of television production. The students also got to watch the preparation for the noon newscast and observe the actual broadcast.
The Wake County Public School System’s School-to-Career initiative and Junior Achievement of North Carolina coordinate the countywide event. The Groundhog Shadow Day kicks off a yearlong campaign to pair students with professionals in their field of interest.
“As the job market grows increasingly competitive, it is necessary that students have a firm understanding of the value of education,” said Bob Brauer, president of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina and the event coordinator. “There is no better way to gain that understanding than to see first-hand how professionals use their education daily on the job.”