Media students transition from studios to home studio learning

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Lillian Esgoof staff writer 

Marilyn Palacios staff reporter 

Due to the pandemic, all students have the opportunity to learn in their homes this semester to adjust to the new norm.  

The broadcasting class KBEV has their weekly Norman Update along with their Channel 6 station on television for Beverly Hills residents. 

Students in KBEV began learning how to make podcasts using Spotify. KBEV instructor Romeo Carey started teaching with Spotify at the start of the school year. 

Senior Michael Newman, first year at KBEV, started making podcasts as an assignment in August. His favorite thing about it is talking about Real estate. 

“The fact that I get to talk about Real estate…and I’m already interested in that. When I want to talk about something new I have to do more research, I’m already doing more research regardless.” 

During this phase at home, many students have had trouble creating podcasts due to the lack of participation and interaction with one another. 

“Honestly getting more people to talk [in the podcast] other than my partner in class, I’m friends with him but, were also partners for this podcast and I feel like it’s kind of boring, we’ve only done it with one other person, so I want to start pairing up with random people and do a talk show with them because you can learn a lot from other people.” 

“I’m hoping to slowly grow my channel and I know that for example the website I’m on right now, many people use it to perse money and you could make a few cents, if you have a thousand listeners but I don’t care if I make a penny or ten dollars, I’m really just in it for the experience and with that I think you can be successful.” 

“I found Spotify as an entry level platform called Anchor and Anchor Notes, and it’s just amazing. It’s an all-in-one turn key platform that’s friendly, and something that everybody now can enter the world of podcasting and talk about inspiration,” Carey said. 

With schools closed, students have needed to move to online platforms. 

“The idea of doing work online, as opposed to physically being inside a studio, allows for those that are really inclined to enter the online world in ways they would have never at least unless they had to,” Carey said.  

In addition to the launch of various new podcasts, KBEV decided to also start weekly videos with college counselor Casey Rowley, as well as a podcast with Norman Aid.

“This year we started the weekly college advice video with Ms. Rowley, we started the Make Today Well Lived podcast with NormanAid, and we’re starting these new series of podcasts, and social viral videos…releasing those videos and productions that we typically did not have an opportunity to touch on,” KBEV producer senior Ricky Lee said, “I think we’re also being super creative and just expanding our just expanding our level of creativity and just producing new stuff.”

Carey is finding that his students have found their groove online.

“They’ve learned how to create a chain of command, and to basically put everybody to work, and they’ve sorted out and fared out the best students that would be honest and would really hold up the integrity by really getting people to write their own stories,” Carey said. 

Although face to face learning isn’t an option right now, there are still expectations and the new KBEV students are transitioning “well.”

“Professionally all of our students, and even students who just joined this year, who we never got to meet physically, know how to work professionally, they have professionalism, they have the correct mindset in place,” Lee said.  

The ultimate goal for KBEV is to make sure students learn through good learning environments. 

“What I ultimately wanted to happen around KBEV is,  I really want everyone to feel like KBEV is a single family, I wanted everyone to feel comfortable,” Lee said. “I wanted to have everyone just kind of work as a team towards a goal…we basically just provide all the specific directions, tips, tricks on how to work even at home… so they have to film themselves, set up their own camera and figure out their own lighting and hit record and figure out how to orient the camera, so in some ways they’re actually learning more skills than they would be learning in class.”

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