The first thing I believed we needed was a logo. An image to represent our TV station, and ultimately our personality online and everywhere. One of my students was also a talented graphic designer, and we asked her to create the logo. Now I had at least one student on board who had a personal connection. Our logo has evolved over the years, and we have since created new logos for each show we produce. Our logos represent who we are and what we are producing.
The key to our success, would also be to start spreading the word that we now have a television station in our school. Not just a studio. Not just a class. But a TELEVISION STATION, and our videos were online!
We began uploading our videos to SchoolTube.com, and the students would email the links of their videos to the teachers, students, and community members whose stories they were telling. I also included the link to our website in my email signature, and our views began to skyrocket. Although we now use Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to promote ourselves, email was an easy to process to begin.
Initially, our school said, “What? What are you doing?” But that was okay. We were determined and we knew our branded image was going to happen.
The positive result of this initiative was staggering. We immediately built a team mentality. Students began to take ownership in their work and our station. They were proud to be a part of something new and something we believed would be special. My students knew with their work published online, that they would be required to produce videos they would want the world to see. The branding of an image was an essential component to building what our program is today.
To view other awesome online student publication resources, programs who have successfully branded their image, check out HTV Magazine, Mustang Morning News, Westside Wired, WTV, FHNtoday, and Ladue Panorama.