JMHS Broadcasting Program Wins State Award

Photo provided Pictured are the senior WJMH Media students with Broadcasting teacher Carly McElhaney. From left, seated: David Clayton and Ethan Cameron. From left, standing: Abi Vargo, Trey Moore, Carly McElhaney, Trinity Thomas, Justin Hall and Brittni Scamehorn.

WJMH Media, the Career & Technical Education broadcasting program at John Marshall High School, has earned the title of 2019 West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Student Broadcasting Program of Year.

This is the first year the WVSSAC has given out the award. Ten different student broadcasting programs from around the Mountain State submitted sports productions for consideration of the accolade.

WJMH Media’s submission included clips highlighting a variety of John Marshall sports programs that were featured on the weekly newscast of WJMH Reports. Two episodes of “Pregame Huddle Live” were also submitted to show the students’ hard work during the 2018 JMHS football season. These pregame broadcasts presented many firsts for the student crew. Not only was this the first time the pregame format was used, it was also the first time WJMH Media utilized Facebook Live to stream a broadcast.

In previous years, the student crew had provided broadcasts of every home JMHS football game, but was unable to during the 2018 season due to construction of the new Monarch Stadium.

After creating the concept for the show, freshman through senior students worked to create content throughout the week. A crew of more than 10 students then worked in all behind-the-scenes and on-air positions to provide the John Marshall community with live pregame coverage.

Marshall County Schools Communications Coordinator Tony Wood, who founded the Broadcasting program in 2005, and four WJMH Media students traveled to Charleston to accept the award during halftime of the AA Boys’ State Basketball Championship game. While at the Charleston Coliseum, students were able to work alongside MetroNews production members.

The current teacher, who was a member of WJMH Media while a student at JM, is Carly McElhaney. She is a graduate of West Liberty University and worked in local TV as a director before moving to JMHS as the Broadcasting teacher.

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