Explorer Post 5 offers teens the chance to learn about the workings of broadcast journalism

Pictured is a typical “creative suite” at WRAL. Here, editors work away at adding effects, changing the sound, and cutting/adding video/sound for documentaries and broadcasts. (Photo courtesy of Michael Beauregard.)

On October 15, the doors of WRAL were opened to an arrangement of 14-20 year olds aspiring to learn about the inner workings of broadcast journalism.

The organization, Explorer Post 5, has been headquartered at WRAL since 1969 and has raised two generations of future anchors, editors, writers and public speakers.

Explorer Post 5 offer students the opportunity to figure out what facets of broadcast journalism would best suit them: the photography lovers would be camera operators, the tech-savvy would be editors, etc.

On November 5, this was put into action and Post members were assigned various positions in the studio. From anchoring to the handling of social media accounts, almost every aspect of life at a television studio was covered.

As editors worked away in “creative suites” (pictured above), photographers shot b-roll and directors managed the workings of the stage.

Explorer Post 5 offers the important service of allowing students to figure out their interests, even if they aren’t completely interested in the world of broadcasting. For instance, anchors could use the program to enhance their ability to speak in public, and writers could use it to further enhance their writing ability. The Post also allows its members a lot of liberty, letting them make mistakes to learn how to improve their abilities.

Explorer Post 5 also has an associate in Durham, Explorer Post 50, which manages broadcasts of Durham Bulls games. You can find more information on them here.



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