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Teenagers from two communities made an informative newscast to help their peers with range of topics

Posted at 5:19 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 19:30:16-05

Students from Indian Hill and Lockland High Schools combined efforts to write, shoot, and produce an informative newscast for youths across the Tri-State about a range of topics that teenagers face on a daily basis.

"The diets of teenagers at school, how social media affects school...," Indian Hill senior Rama Sardar said.

Students of the two schools shared different viewpoints to challenge issues all teens face.

"We talk about the bullying statistics and make it a more positive thing on how you can prevent bullying and talk to an adult about bullying," Sardar said.

The newscast took about a month to put together. The teams focused on topics both schools were interested in and could relate to.

"I think the topics were close to everyone's heart," Indian Hill technology teacher Dennis Dupps said. "We asked them, 'What would other students your age -- what would teenagers really be interested in hearing about other than just news?' That's how we came up with the idea."

Each aspiring journalist partnered with a student from another school.

"Normally we work with kids inside our schools, so it was really unique and fun just to go outside our comfort zone," Indian Hill senior Jake Sumerel said.

Each pair of students then worked together to create their part of the show on a deadline, and to discover their own passion within the project.

"I just love being recorded or talking to a camera," Lockland High sophomore Jacqueline Nolesco said.

"I'm pretty excited, honestly, that we got to come here and get this opportunity," Lockland High junior Iyann Cunningham said. "I'm thankful. I think it's going to be really fun."

The newscast aims to help make a difference for their generation and those to come, as the students grow as future broadcasters.

"I think this is a way for them to reach out of their comfort zone, meet other people, and to learn from them as well as trade off," Dupps said.

To watch the collaborative newscast, click here.