Lights. Camera. Action.
Whether it was behind the camera or sitting at the anchor desk, students with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) were given a behind the scenes look inside the WKYC Channel 3 News studio Tuesday.
The third annual trip to WKYC’s studios included a chance for students to become an “apprentice” with the WKYC staff and become an “anchor for a day.” Ramiyah Peters, a 6th grade student at Mason Communality Learning Center in Akron, worked alongside WKYC-TV meteorologist Hollie Giangreco to learn more about the daily tasks of completing a weathercast for television and also appeared on-camera during a weather segment.
The students received a station tour and a “behind the scenes” look at what it takes to become a reporter on the field. Students jumped into the role of videographer and reporter during a tour of WKYC’s Akron-Canton Mobile Newsroom.
About 140 students were also part of a live audience during “Live on Lakeside” that centered the activities of the LJFF, featuring interviews with guests from Bridgestone, Akron Public Schools and Swenson’s. Kenya Harvey, a student at Schumacher CLC, also became an “apprentice” for the day, working with WKYC’s Danielle Wiggins tackling today’s news on “Live on Lakeside."
A live panel discussion with a Q and A session included journalist Will Ujek, digital producer Stephanie Metzger and Roselyn Muniz, associate producer of Live on Lakeside. As journalists stressed the importance of reading and encouraged students to explore the unknown, members of the LJFF received a free book from the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. Student were also treated to a packed lunch from Swenson's.
The "Anchors for a Day" program is one of several that are offered by the LeBron James Family Foundation in partnership with organizations across Northeast Ohio.