Soon, Ernakulam will have about 5,300 ‘little reporters’ looking out for breaking news and other developments on their campuses.
The first phase of nurturing journalistic and content development skills of students as part of the government’s public education protection programme organised by the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) concluded at St. George High School, Edappally on Saturday.
The budding talents will be part of a team that would help in developing digital content for academic activities in the new academic year. They will also compile reports on various activities and programmes being held in the school.
An official release said that 550 students representing little KITE units in the district were provided training at 27 centres in the first phase. They were given hands-on training in use of digital camera for preparing academic materials. The little reporters were also trained in developing news content that would be aired through the KITE-Victers education channel.
Other areas in which they received training included finding news, developing a script, camera functioning, photography, video shooting, audio recording, audio mixing, video editing, titling and anchoring.
The authorities pointed out that DSLR cameras have been provided to 432 schools in the high school-higher secondary categories in Ernakulam as part of the hi-tech school project of the government. Detailed guidelines for operation and proper upkeep of the cameras have also been provided.
K. Anvar Sadath, vice chairman and executive director of KITE, said that the digital content development training is done exclusively based on free software-based multimedia graphics applications covering the entire process of news making, starting from identifying news contents to its broadcasting.