I’m adviser Stacy Gerst, and this is my newsroom…

What is your name?
Stacy Gerst

What school do you teach at?
Hammonton High School

What city and state is your school located in?
Hammonton, New Jersey

What different media are produced at the school?
Yearbook, Online Newspaper: www.hhsadvocate.com, Literary magazine

How many students are involved at the media program at your school?
58 students

Describe your space for us.
We share a classroom with the Digital Cinema teacher. It is his space all day except for the two periods that journalism meets. It is a Mac lab set up in four rows. No central meeting place for meetings. The back of the room features a small studio with a green screen and a corresponding control room.

What do you think are some of the benefits of the workspace you all have?
Each person has access to their own computer that is equipped with FCP, Photoshop, and Internet access. We have closets full of equipment (wireless microphones, cameras, notebooks, and handheld mics). Large TV monitors exist to display information and illustrate tasks.

What do your students like most about the workspace you have?
It is informal and allows for collaboration in the rows.

What computer programs and/or apps is your staff using on a regular basis for their work?
Final Cut Pro, WordPress.

What tech equipment are your students using on a daily basis?
Canon camcorders, wireless microphones.

Aside from the computers and the programs, what are one or two pieces of equipment that you have that you think other programs should have.
A TriCaster studio/programing system,

How is your workspace funded?
District (100%).

Do you have anything on your wishlist for your space? If so, what do you have and why?
I wish we had an official journalism room with circular tables for collaboration.

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Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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One thought on “I’m adviser Stacy Gerst, and this is my newsroom…

  • May 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hey thats our news room, and i took those pictures…small world! 🙂

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