Area Students Learn About Broadcasting Career Firsthand

Area Students Learn About Broadcasting Career Firsthand

As has become an annual tradition, WRAL-TV hosted several Wake County students for Groundhog Career Shadow Day. Because Groundhog Day, February 2, fell on a weekend, the students came to the studio on Friday, January 31, 2003, to spend the day learning about careers in television.

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A wide variety of students came to WRAL-TV as part of Groundhog Career Shadow Day.
Ken Smith
WRAL-TV Anchor Ken Smith spoke with the group.
Jim Hefner
WRAL-TV General Manager Jim Hefner gave his view on broadcast work.

WRAL-TV Director/Producer Clarence Williams coordinated the effort for the station, and Anchor/Reporter Ken Smith hosted the students for the day. Williams put together a slate of professionals from WRAL-TV to talk to the students about various aspects of television and news production.

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Students got an inside look at television production.

The students heard from Director of Broadcast Operations James Farmer, News Director John Harris, Creative Services Director Cindy Sink, General Sales Manager Quinn Koontz, General Manager Jim Hefner & Vice President of Human Resources Jan Sharp, among others. The students began their day watching the Friday morning taping of “Headline Sunday,” a news discussion program which airs on WRAL-TV on Sundays. Smith and Creative Services Assistant Debbie Strange led the students on a tour of the station, and also gave them a chance to observe part of the noon newscast in action.

The students hailed from schools around the viewing area from Apex Middle School to Cary High School to Smithfield Selma High School and more. Students ranged in age from 8th grade to high school seniors.

Career Shadow Day is a unique initiative dedicated to giving the students of Wake county, career shadowing experiences.

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