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News Media Production class receives grant to buy video equipment

Riley Mize
Jeff Rogers of the Illinois Press Foundation hands English Teacher Cathy Wall a check.

In a small ceremony  Tuesday, Sept. 12, Jeff Rogers of the Illinois Press Foundation awarded the News Media Production team a grant that is worth $1,173.

The grant, which will be used to purchase new videography equipment, is one of many that NMP has received over the past couple of years.

“Schools tell us how much they need, and we try our best to make it happen,” Jeff Rogers, director of the Illinois Press Foundation said. Harrisburg was one of 19 schools that received funds from the grant which totaled over $25,000. The grants are to be used by schools’ news production teams to pay for laptops, cameras, broadcasting equipment, newspaper printing costs, website hosting fees, and more.

“Thanks to a generous grant from IPF last year, we were able to purchase a creative cloud license. This gives us the software we need to edit broadcast packages, but we don’t have the equipment that we need,” said NMP teacher and coordinator Cathy Wall.

With Principal Scott Dewar and Superintendent Amy Dixon in attendance, Rogers handed Wall a check for $1,173.

“Each year of the grant program, we see an expansion of learning opportunities for students in the schools we visit, and that’s exciting,” said Rogers in a press release in June. “Today’s high school journalism students are doing it all – writing, editing, shooting photos and videos, producing newspapers, running websites, doing broadcast pieces. But no matter what format they’re using, these students are still engaged in and learning the foundational elements of journalism.”

Wall, who is set to retire after the ‘23-’24 school year, said “I am glad we were awarded this grant because it allows me to get this branch up and running for the next person.”

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Gavinn Swann, Staff Writer
Gavinn Swann is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is his first year on the Purple Clarion Staff. He participates in History Club, Future Educators Club and plays trumpet in Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching band. He cares about the arts and the finer details in life.  Gavinn also cares about education and aviation. In his spare time he is always learning, and aspires to be a commercial pilot.  “Student journalism is important to me because it helps develop your writing skills while giving your work a platform to be judged upon.” 
Riley Mize, Staff Writer
Riley Mize is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her second year on the Purple Clarion staff. She participates in YFC and White Hats. Riley also likes to take photos, hiking and traveling.  After high school she plans on attending a university in Colorado, pursue her career in nursing and to become a nurse anesthetist.  “Allowing students to express what is going on in the world through stories and articles, being allowed to put their opinion in things if they feel a certain way about something, is really something I am grateful we get to do, and is also important.” 

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