WILKES-BARRE —When breakfast time came, Natalie Davidson just ate the eggs.
Kelsey Flores had to gather them from the chicken coop as well as coerce a gallon of milk from the cow.
Elsa Romero? Well, she admitted to stealing Natalie’s chicken to make chicken waffles.
At least, those were their stories when the cameras rolled at King’s College on Wednesday. Visiting the college TV studio with five other Meyers High School classmates, the trio played the part of on-screen talent in one of the world’s briefest talk shows, each taking a few seconds to chat about breakfast.
“If you didn’t have breakfast,” King’s Mass Communications Chair Scott Weiland proposed, “make something up.”
So while three other students practiced camera operation and two directed from the booth, Natalie talked of a single breakfast big enough to feed a family, Kelsey insisted she got up “at the crack of dawn” to gather ingredients fresh off the farm and cook for a family of seven, and Elsa announced she had learned who stole Natalie’s chicken. “It was me, I took it, because, you know, I had to make my breakfast, had to have those chicken waffles.”
The exercise was one of several communication workshops for 25 students in the journalism and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) programs at Meyers. They were the first to participate in a new Youth Leadership Program established by the mass communications department at King’s.
King’s used grant money from the Best Buy Foundation to buy equipment that, in turn is being used in the outreach program. Wednesday’s activities began at 9 a.m. and ran until 2 p.m.
Visiting students had a chance to read from an iPad turned teleprompter. Look directly at the pad and the words are in mirror (reverse) type, but when it is placed on a stand built into the camera, the letters reflect on angled glass in normal order, in a way that has the reader staring straight into the camera.
One small set demonstrated the use of chroma key, letting a student sit in front of a green backdrop and read the news while appearing, on the TV to be in front of a building, a weather map, or anything a producer had a handy image of.
Other opportunities included working with video game design software and web streaming.