Students jumping into television broadcasting at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

In this entry of the Academies of Nashville Blog, Student Ambassador Gerald H. from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School talks about the dynamic opportunities made possible by the Academy of Entertainment Communication. Pearl-Cohn is the first entertainment magnet high school in the United States. Through partnerships with local television stations and the tremendous generosity of the Golf Channel, students at Pearl-Cohn are producing high-quality programming across a variety of media platforms. This is a great example of how business engagement is helping to strengthen Metro Nashville Public Schools and provide outstanding learning opportunities for our students.

What makes the Academy of Entertainment Communication unique?

My academy at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School is unique because of the hands-on experiences and the relationships built with our mentors, business partners, and teachers. The Academy of Entertainment Communication Television Broadcasting pathway allows for everyone—from sophomores to seniors—to be able to jump in and experience the real-life world of media. Writing and producing commercials, broadcasting news stories, writing, directing, producing, and play-by-play announcing are just a few examples of activities in which we participate.

What are some of the academy’s accomplishments in improving educational opportunities for students?

We received a three-million-dollar set and equipment donation from The Golf Channel. Also, we have been recruited by several organizations and businesses to record programs that have allowed our television station to gain exposure to venues such as BB Kings Restaurant & Blues Club.  I have also been honored to invite and host several news industry leaders to come and tour our school and talk to the students about the broadcast industry. John Dwyer of News 2 WKRN, Amy Watson of News Channel 5, and Deanna Lambert of Channel 4 WSMV. These visits and interviews allowed me to gain insight of how the news industry works. With our partnerships and sponsors, we have been afforded opportunities to experience and develop a business mindset. Learning and producing with them has allowed our academy, my academy, to flourish.

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