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Greenburgh Students Debut on Cable TV

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A town program is giving Greenburgh's budding journalists a crash course on all things media.

Organized by Supervisor Paul Feiner and Town Clerk Judith Beville, the Student News Network is prepping a handful of ambitious teens on everything from writing a newspaper article to producing a public service announcement.

The eight-week, after-school training session is the perfect primer for aspiring news reporters, Feiner told students Wednesday during the network meeting.

"Stuff like this is exactly what gets you in the door at that radio station or newspaper," he said. "This kind of stuff really is career enhancing."

Now in its second year, the network lives by a simple mission - train students to work in digital journalism.

On Wednesday, seven Greenburgh middle and high school students met in the town hall board room for the 90-minute session. There, they were schooled on the finer points of creating a public service announcement by guest speaker Gerald Culliton.

At the end of the roundtable tutorial, students filed into the town's television studio, taking their place in front of the camera. One-by-one, the group read the script, speaking on their chosen topic - the dangers of drinking and driving.

"You need a lot of practice to get into journalism," Ardsley Union Free School freshman Robert Mendelson said. "And this is exactly the practice I need."

While most of the students jumped at the chance to be on camera, Woodlands Middle School student Katie Sims worked behind the scenes, editing and writing the script.

"I like being a part of producing the show," the eighth-grader said.

The announcement will be aired on the town's public access television channel and at Tuesday's board meeting.

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