WEHS Changes its Delivery
Published on September 25 2012 4:41 pm
Last Updated on September 27 2012 10:54 am
Written by Greg Sapp
WEHS has been a part of Effingham High School daily activities for many years, allowing students the opportunity to do a telecast of school announcements and some features on happenings at the school.
The arrival of various forms of delivering information, though, has led new WEHS instructor Joe Fatheree to incorporate those media into how news is shared at the high school.
Thus, "The Pulse" was born.
"The Pulse" is an online source of EHS news and features, still gathered and produced by students, just delivered in a different format, one more readily identified with younger viewers.
(WEHS STAFFER URBISH AMIN PHOTOGRAPHS OTHER CLASS MEMBERS WORKING ON THEIR STORIES FOR A FUTURE EDITION OF "THE PULSE")
Students working on "The Pulse" term it a digital magazine. There is a "Teen Scene" featuring stories relating to students, Sports Center, a photo gallery, Cartoon Corner, daily announcements, Our World Today and an archives section for those who'd like to search out past stories.
Some of the most recent stories have focused on Hearts' Hidden Talents about abilities of EHS students, the Corvette Funfest, this year's foreign exchange students, movie and music reviews, the Pink Out volleyball match to raise funds for the battle against cancer, certain EHS classes, and the "Honey Boo Boo" craze (ask your favorite teen if you don't know who that is).
Fatheree will assign some stories, but he said The Pulse is mostly student-driven. One of The Pulse class members, Taylor Willis, said she is glad for the class since it gives her more opportunities to write. Kinzi Duncan said it gives her a chance to shine since people are looking at her work. Beau Schuette said he likes The Pulse since it gives him the opportunity to share his treasure trove of trivia (did you know that chewing gum for a day will burn off 20 calories?). Kade Lipe said his feature on the Funfest was cool since his dad has a Corvette so he got to learn more about a vehicle important to his family.
Below are audio interviews we conducted with Taylor, Kinzi, Beau and Kade. Click the play icon to begin.
("THE PULSE" STAFFER SARA DEIBEL REVIEWS HER STORY ON "HONEY BOO BOO" AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE)
Fatheree has a goal of making "The Pulse" more journalistic and is looking for stories bigger than only those that affect EHS to help broaden the horizons of his students.