MOTV was one of the best programs I've ever been apart of because it laid a solid foundation of the television production process. I was truly borderline obsessive about it and for good reason. Of all of the groups, clubs, and teams I've been apart of during my years at MOHS, MOTV was the one I was most dedicated to. I gained a lot of confidence from this program and I'll tell you why.
From the very beginning, students are given real time, hands on experiences, from preproduction all the way through post-production and distribution. Having that diversity in this program really gave me a sense of what to expect in the world of television production. Like any sports team, you grow a camaraderie with the people you work with. You have to be a team in order to pull off a live broadcast and sometimes it will be stressful.
Going into college I felt like I had a huge advantage over the others thanks to the experiences I had with MOTV. For four years in college, I served as the lead project editor using software from Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer. I interned all over Boston as an Assistant Editor and Script Coordinator, as well as in New York City as a Production Assistant.
Currently, I left the East Coast and moved out to Sacramento, California (where its always sunny and there are a lot of trees). I work as a Production Assistant at Fox40 News. I am gaining all the experiences and knowledge I can from this job. The harsh reality of any media production outlet, is you have to "serve the coffee" before making it big and MOTV taught me that early on.
MOTV is a wonderful program to be apart of. I've never doubted my knowledge and abilities because of what the program had taught me in order to succeed. MOTV has the great balance of traditional morning news and creativity. Even if you decide to take another avenue other than television, MOTV will not disappoint because it will teach you how to work as a team, the value of meeting the deadline, and how to aspire for success. These values are important in any career field.
If I could change one thing about my years at MOHS, it would be to involve myself in TV 1 and MOTV my freshman year. When I took TV 1 my senior year, I fell in love with television production and broadcast. The assignments that Mr. Praml assigned were all so helpful and are nearly exactly what I see day-to-day at my internship. I am now a junior at West Virginia University, majoring in television journalism at WVU's Reed College of Media. I am an intern for Mountaineer Sports Network, mainly as a camera operator, but I have also produced a show on WVU's men's and women's soccer teams for the network. I will be working for the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates' single-A minor league affiliate) this upcoming summer as a camera operator. The only reason I have all of that is because of Mr. Praml's dedication to the TV program at MOHS. He helped guide me and perfect my skills in the control room, behind the camera and in front of the camera. He taught me to constantly work hard and to go out and get what I want. Taking TV 1 my senior year changed my life for the better, and I would be remiss to not highly recommend the TV classes and MOTV program to anyone at MOHS.
Becoming a part of MOTV was by far the best decision that I ever made. I cannot imagine my high school career without having been involved in it. I truly am thankful for having had the privilege to take part in such an advanced program at such a young point in my educational career.
Throughout my years of involvement in MOTV, I learned how to work in a professional environment while working under deadlines. With the opportunity to operate professional equipment, learn all crew positions of the studio, and learn the know-how of both pre and post production; I became extremely knowledgeable of every area in the TV industry.
Not only did I gain the useful knowledge of becoming well rounded in our television program, but I made the best memories of my high school career with my MOTV family. I say family because that is honestly what the program is. I looked forward to the 5am arrival of our morning show, I looked forward to class everyday, I looked forward to eating lunch with them in the studio everyday even when we had absolutely no projects to work on, and to this day I still keep in touch with my MOTV family. I am so thankful to have met Mr. Praml and to have been part of the television program at Mount Olive High School.
Being a part of MOTV was the best experience I had in high school. When I started as a freshman, I was extremely shy and was reluctant to work in groups. Once I started taking Television Production, I was able to open myself up and collaborate with my extremely creative classmates. I am so thankful that I was able to participate in the program all four years of high school. Each year challenged me in new ways and made me strive to create projects that were both thought-provoking and entertaining. MOTV taught me how to be a leader and to never be afraid of expressing my ideas. This program allowed me to work in a professional working environment, while still being able to let my creativity flourish. MOTV provided opportunities and experiences that has helped me prepare for my future endeavors. The television production courses improved my time-management skills and helped me realize how important it is to stay on task. MOTV creates hard-working and passionate individuals and continues to grow as a program. The TV studio became my second home and the MOTV crew has been like family to me. I am so thankful for the opportunities that Mr. Praml and the MOTV program has offered to me and I will continue to utilize the skills I learned in MOTV throughout college and my career.
I could not have imagined my high school career without being involved in MOTV. I always looked forward to TV class because I thoroughly enjoyed television production and the classroom always had a positive environment. Not only did I gain useful knowledge, but I also gained a lifetime of memories from this program.
I am so thankful to have been able to use such advanced equipment, most of which only very few high schools can provide. Being a member of MOTV not only taught me the actuality of television production, but also how to work together as a team to produce a final product. One of my favorite parts of this program was learning numerous crew positions, from directing, to camera operating, to hosting. Knowing how to work/operate every position of a television show made me very well rounded in the TV industry.
My three years of participation with MOTV helped me realize what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I entered high school thinking I would pursue my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher, but after I finished my first TV production course, I had a change of heart. I currently study broadcast journalism at the University of Kansas and I absolutely love it. I joined the campus TV station, where we broadcast daily news updates. Thanks to MOTV, I felt considerably ahead of other students involved with the campus TV program; I really felt over prepared and confident. In addition to helping me find the right career path, MOTV provided me skills that I currently use today at my internship for a television production company in New York City. I am beyond grateful to have been a member of such a rewarding program. MOTV was one of the best memories of my high school years and the experience continues to benefit me everyday.
Mt. Olive High School's television program was the best class I took in high school. The program is run very well and I have never seen anything like it in other schools. The high school's television studio helps prepare students for college and the real world. After taking classes for television in college I felt very prepared for the classes, they are a review of what I learned in high school.
I never knew what I wanted to do in college until I finished my last year of MOTV at Mt. Olive High School. The program is amazing. I could produce, direct, tape, edit, floor manage, and be talent of a show. Those are only a few aspects of taking the classes. I was able to be as creative as I wanted to be on projects. MOTV was the best part of my high school experience and I hope it is for many others.
The opportunities that Mount Olive Television has given me are endless. Walking into my college production class and being ahead of the class was a splendid feeling and I will forever be grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with the equipment and technology that most high school students could only dream of. I lived in the editing lab during high school, not only did I feel safe but it was a comforting environment where friendships were made for a lifetime.
Mr. Praml taught us the realism of this chosen profession. Thus also giving us an advantage in college. We were taught time management, professionalism and the importance of being on time these life lessons are extremely important for this career. Also being able to see studios such as ABC and NBC were truly an amazing experience. I am pleased to say that I am currently attending Columbia College Hollywood and will be graduating in 2016. I am majoring in Television Production. I feel so honored to be MOTV alumni.
MOTV was not only my favorite part of high school, but also one of the most important aspects of my life thus far. MOTV taught me how to use professional, industry standard equipment and work with others at the same time. Through MOTV I gained an appreciation for the results of hard work ethic. I have learned more about myself and the TV industry than I could have ever imagined by participating in this program for four years. In addition to the great memories with friends in the crew, MOTV even gave me the opportunity to be featured on MSG Varsity's Student Lens as well as News 12 New Jersey's 12 in Our School's, two experiences that I can easily say are moments I am most proud of. Along with these accomplishments I was also honored to be presented with MSG Varsity's Student Scholarship, which helped me with college expenses. The countless memories I have in the studio, control room, and edit lab are easily my fondest memories of high school. MOTV has taught me that through team work and perseverance a flawless production can be made. The television production program at Mount Olive has even led me directly to the career I hope to peruse in life. I will always be grateful to the staff and administration of Mount Olive for giving me such an unbelievable opportunity to discover all the varying facets of myself through the television program.
Currently I am enrolled as a student at Syracuse University and I am a graphics coordinator at Citrus TV, Syracuse's student run TV program. It took me only fifteen minutes to learn five different crew positions at this professional television environment because I was predisposed to very similar equipment at MOTV. I take the lessons I have learned from MOTV with me everyday, and I find new ways to apply these lessons in every aspect of my life. I feel incredibly fortunate for being given the opportunity to be a part of MOTV because it has led me to my life's true passion.
The professional environment provided by MOTV prepared me in more ways than I could have ever imagined for college and for my future career. The hands on, in-studio experience can never be surmounted by any type of standard learning environment. The realism provided by this program made me know what to expect in the world of television production, how to deal with real on-the-job situations and how to function as part of a team. Going into college I felt that I had a huge advantage over other freshman due to my immense amounts of legitimate experience.
In the fall semester of 2010, I was selected to be a producer for the number one show on the Emerson Channel, "Good Morning Emerson." For the spring semester of 2011, I was granted an in-studio position for Good Morning Emerson and an on campus job as the Marketing Coordinator/Associate for the Emerson Channel. Although freshmen do not usually get these opportunities, I was chosen because of my impressive knowledge of studio production and realistic grasp on the world of television. I never once felt intimidated to try out or interview for these positions because my experience with MOTV has made me extremely confident in my abilities to succeed.
The experiences and skills I gained during my time participating in MOTV were truly irreplaceable. Working as part of a team to bring a morning broadcast to thousands of students, parents, and other community members three days a week was not only a privilege but a huge responsibility. As a result, I realized the importance of being reliable, cordial, and consistently eager to work and learn. I also learned how to appropriately carry myself in a professional setting and work well with others to achieve a common goal.
Although I have decided to pursue other interests in my academic career at James Madison University, my experiences at MOTV have continued to help me in many aspects of my life. As I continue to progress and move forward in my education, I feel that I am at a true advantage due to the knowledge and life lessons I gained as a team member of MOTV.
Even before the partnership with MSG Varsity, the environment was always professional, but also fun, and one that allowed me to get a real taste and feel for what it was like working in the television industry. Aside from general administrating and supervision, the program was run entirely by students, giving everyone a chance at every aspect of live television production.I am currently a freshman at Marist College, majoring in Communication and Media Arts, and a member of the student-produced television channel on campus. Thanks to MOTV, I feel miles ahead of other freshmen involved in the program, and I have a sense of confidence and independence. I could not have asked for a better high school program that would give me greater experience in television production, as well as general career experience, other than MOTV.
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