Romona's Kids: The Beat, Brunswick Educational Access Television

Romona's Kids: The Beat, Brunswick Educational Access Television

BRUNSWICK, OH (WOIO) - It's well known how important science, technology, engineering and math have become in schools, but more and more schools are stressing writing as a valuable skill. Some local kids are doing that by becoming young journalists.

In this week's Romona's Kids, we went to Brunswick to meet these talented students.
Dozens of kids spend Saturdays at The Beat, Brunswick Educational Access Television. Students from sixth through twelfth grade run Channel 22, covering news around Medina County.

11th grader, Allison Rhoades, moved her way up to technical manager.

"It's an amazing program to get involved in," said Rhoades. "It really gives people hands-on experience starting in 6th grade which is really amazing, you can get 7 years of experience being in this club."
The club has been piling up local, state, and national awards. The students even won $100,000 for their school with a video for a State Farm Insurance competition.

The kids are also published in area newspapers and on local websites.

Sophomore Alexis Gemelas is the journalism manager.

"I love working with people , I love talking to people, I love working with the first-year group," said Gemelas. "Journalism isn't something I want to go into as a profession; I want to go into the medical field, but communication is an asset that's necessary in anything you do."
Eighth grader Joseph Baxter is now in his third year, even videotaping football and basketball games this year.
"I always thought that would be the coolest thing to be able to go out and say 'hey world this is what I learned today' or 'hey world this is what is going on over here but I never thought I would actually have the opportunity to do that," said Baxter. "The Beat has given me the opportunity to do that."

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