HF's Very Own ESPN

When students walk down the long hallway that leads towards the math/foreign language wing, practically everyone looks to their right staring into a glass window room filled with cameras and computers alike. What they do not know, however, is all the work that is being done in that room, and what it produces. The Harborfields Tornado News Team is viewed as one of the most interesting clubs that resides within Harborfields High School, but it seems as if not everyone is aware of what it is that they actually do.

It is not merely the morning announcements show. The TNT uses a live-stream platform called thecube.com to broadcast all of the events they cover. While the club has been around for a few years now, the recent skyrocket use of social media has benefitted the club in terms of getting themselves out there, via Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.

Some of their most widely viewed events are certainly the sports games they broadcast live. Each game has an all hands-on-deck crew that works hard in preparation for the big game. Most of the time, they even arrive prior to the sports teams themselves, setting up equipment and such, making sure that everything is running smoothly. Roles are assigned so that everyone has a job to do during events, whether it be on-air work such as play-by-play or color commentary, recording statistics, working a camera, or live editing the entire broadcast itself on a laptop.

Although football, basketball, and baseball games tend to lead the way in terms of number of viewers, that is by no means all The Tornado News Team covers. The TNT also broadcasts the monthly HF Board of Education meetings. Other widely attended/viewed events that they bring to the HF community are any sort of concerts the music department puts on, as well as any productions that the Harborfields Theatre Co. presents.

As mentioned before, there is a job for everyone. One of the most important jobs out there is producer, and I got a chance to talk to him: Doug Terc. He said, “I think the club is heading in a new direction. The addition of our studio has more sophisticated and organized than ever”. He also added that he strongly encourage people to join, saying. “It’s a great group of people and a great way to get a head start in the field.”

One thing that seems to be prominent is that students often feel deterred from joining because they are not the most comfortable with trying something new, and they may not be the most knowledgeable when it comes to media. This was another question asked to Doug, and he answered, “The club is flexible, laid back, and it’s easy to do what you want. Some of the older guys would gladly teach all the ropes to underclassmen.” He concluded by adding, “At the end of the day, no matter what aspect of it you dive into, it’s a great way to learn the programs and techniques that a lot of colleges and even professional TV stations are using.”

So when you’re looking to sign up for a club because your mom wants you to get involved more, please consider the most unique team in all of Harborfields High School, the Tornado News Team.

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