The group of students at Davis Senior High School, known as the Aviator Online, has been meeting with and listening to many real participants in their field of endeavor. The faculty members who lead this diverse and motivated group of students, are always working to help them have experiences not normally available to them. This includes meeting with and talking
to industry experts and participants in the field of online journalism, broadcasting, and marketing.
In the course of one week the students toured the 93.7 buzz radio facility, listened to a marketing expert from National Oilwell Varco, and talked with Marcus E. Sullivan, Digital Platform Producer for Fox 26, KRIV here in Houston.
Marcus talked to the students about skills needed to excel in the field of broadcast journalism, including how to conduct a better and more engaging interview. In addition, Marcus talked with the students about helping to make your interviewee feel more comfortable. Marcus was impressed with the students and their enthusiasm.
While touring the broadcast facility at Davis High School he was impressed by the tools the students had access to. Mr. Sullivan encouraged those students with experience to seek work in their field. While talking with Rodrigo Flores, Aviator Online Student Technical Director, about seeking employment Sullivan said, “What is the worst that can happen? They say no?” Marcus encouraged the students to continue working on projects that drive their passion.
Interactions with real world participants in the student’s desired fields of endeavour help them hone their skill and encourages them to pursue exciting careers such as broadcast journalism.
Davis High School, open only 4 years, has one of the most advanced and prolific online journalism programs. The students publish a bi-monthly video episode about everything that is going on at Davis Senior High School. In addition, they have a social media presence through Twitter (@aviatoronline) and Instagram (@BODAVIATOR).