By John Boone, Instructor
WPPB was recently awarded the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System High School Station of the Year for the second straight year. We are excited, humbled and honored by the recognition. We really are blessed here at ACTC to have a supportive administration and welcoming communities that allow us phenomenal opportunities to learn and grow.
This year we put a special emphasis on developing our sports department into a sports network of sorts, and our coverage included weekly football and boys and girls basketball games of the week and arena football, plus additional talk shows, coach’s shows and updates. We have just launched our video streaming to compliment all of the audio and that is off to a great start. We’ll continue to grow our sports and news coverage next year.
This summer, we’ll be adding two more production rooms, a music production studio, and a brand new on-air studio for WPPB, outfitted with cameras and lighting to facilitate visual radio. Plus, we’ll be updating our curriculum to be in line with the quickly changing media landscape. And we’re hoping to do some audio work with ACTC’s new Game Design department.
These are exciting times, but to maintain that excitement, there’s no time to rest on our laurels, or in this case, trophies.
By Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
On the other side of the Media Broadcasting program at our school, we are given the chance to learn film techniques and get to apply that to our own stuff. For instance, if you go to my personal website, hopkinsmedia.weebly.com, you can actually see some of the stuff we made like my sophomore year for our final exam I helped make a long distance relationship video.
Our senior year is when all of this stuff that we learned throughout being in the program is put to the test. We are entered into festivals after festivals to see how good our work actually is.
So far in the span of a couple of months, we have had three big projects. The projects that I was involved in were titled The Silent Treatment, The Pollution We Cause and our current one which is called The Deathtrap. With each project, I learn how to and how not to do pre-production, production, and post-production.
To give an example, during The Pollution We Caused, we had bad location problems which led us to change our whole project before filming. All of the struggles we had made me feel stronger and want to do so much better. I, like many others, enjoy the film side of our wonderful program and love the challenge of the film industry brings.
I can’t wait to see what the final product of The Deathtrap looks like and even more, I can’t wait to see what next year’s seniors have to bring to the table.
By Bradley Reber, News Director
Hey everyone, Bradley I have some news and a big rant for you guys. Censorship. Nowadays we can’t do anything without having to censor something. Schools, workplace, that’s one thing. But things like our topic today, Steam, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all social media or things that we access on our free time should NOT be near as censored as they are today. My News for today is this; There is a new game that was submitted recently to Steam, the big PC gaming site that most people go to for their content. The game is controversially called Rape Day where you play as a sociopath that can violate women during the Zombie apocalypse. This game was constructed as to not violate what little rules Steam actually has, and with Steam’s Hands-Off approach allowing developers the creative freedom that they crave, and use to make and distribute any game they wish. This game was made to test that very policy and approach. However, it was denied for no specific reason besides protecting Valve’s image. With the growing trend of companies shutting up anyone they don’t agree with or don’t approve of like Youtube with their oh so famous, oh so memorable, demonetization. They take away anyone’s ability to speak their mind if Youtube doesn’t like what that creator is saying. For this bring my point of Rusty Cage, This creator is famous for the creation of The Knife Game and their songs respectfully. He made a song about a year ago titled The Noose Song as the songs name suggest it was a comical take on depression and suicide. It was taken down shortly after upload, but as the internet has its ways nothing truly fades. It was posted again by subscribers and it still remains today. This shows that companies like Youtube can suppress people if they want to. Why would they do that? They want to censor people from that which they deem “offending” and with everything going on today and people overreacting to the minor things, why do we keep censoring? What is the point of having the freedom to speak your mind if everyone has either suppressed or been suppressed for some unpopular opinion? We need to stop with this unnecessary censorship. We have driven ourselves into a hole that if we don't act soon we will all have to keep the same opinions and those who don't could face worse than demonetization. With even Valve’s Steam platform bending the knee to cater to those who can't handle others expression, how far do we have now before we can’t express ourselves?