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WIDS Student Journalists Tour Local Bay News 9

WIDS Student Journalists Tour Local Bay News 9May 10, 2013 (TAMPA, FL) – One of the many middle school electives at Corbett Prep, WIDS offers students opportunities to experience first-hand what it’s like to be a broadcast journalist.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS students who choose the WIDS elective produce a live news show in their own studio after they have followed up on news tips, written scripts, and videotaped stories. With each broadcast, they rotate responsibilities on and off-camera. They serve as news anchors, teleprompter operators, video switchers, audio mixers, and video camera operators. Enjoying teamwork and cooperation, they integrate pre-recorded segments with live announcements producing the WIDS bi-monthly newscast which is broadcast in all classrooms.

Then each spring, all of the students who have participated in the trimester-long elective throughout the year are invited to visit a local news station. This year students toured Bay News 9 and its various departments including the newsroom, weather center, control room, and editing suites.

“The trip this year was absolutely our best one yet as Bay News 9 uses the newest technology. The students were able to see state-of-the-art technology in news broadcasting,” said technology teacher Matt Melnick.

News Anchor Al Ruechel shared the importance of teamwork with the students, emphasizing that everyone contributes to each newscast even though he is the one broadcasting on television.

Middle School electives at Corbett Prep are academic in nature and focus on boosting excitement toward achievement in areas beyond the core curriculum. Electives meet at least once a week, and students earn a grade for the class. Classes are designed to build on student’s gifts and open new, exciting experiences and interests.


Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.