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Scecina Teacher Spotlight: Chad Tuley, media

Scecina media teacher Chad Tuley says his classes aren’t only for students who want to pursue journalism, broadcasting or film as a career. They’re for any student wishing to learn how to communicate well and how to tell good stories. 

Mr. Tuley teaches TV Production, Advanced TV Production, Yearbook, Journalism, Speech, Creative Writing, and Etymology. 

In Scecina media classes, students learn project management, teamwork, and how to meet deadlines. They also learn the skills of reporting, writing, editing, photography, and design. TV production students produce the daily Scecina news show called “The Red and Gold Show.” They also produce stories about academics, clubs, sports, and student life. 

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Yearbook students take photos, write stories, and design all of the pages in Scecina’s160-page full-color yearbook. 

“The media classes offer a hands-on, fast-paced multimedia environment where students can learn and apply their skills throughout the year in a variety of projects,” Mr. Tuley said. “Students in the Advanced TV production class will have more opportunities to hear from guest speakers, take field trips to local news stations, and work on a variety of creative projects in addition to news stories.” 

This year Rich Nye, a sportcaster and reporter for WTHR-Channel 13, and former Indianapolis television reporter Leslie Olsen, now with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, have spoken to the class. 

The Scecina media program has grown quickly in the past few years. 

“We started the TV production program with one class in 2008. We now have three classes that work in a more advanced multimedia lab,” Mr. Tuley said. The media classes are electives, and anyone can take the regular TV Production classes. Students must apply and be approved for the Yearbook and Advanced TV production classes. 

Advanced TV Production is a dual-credit course, which means students have the opportunity earn three college credits at the same time they’re earning high school credit for a class. Advanced TV production students will earn three credits from Ivy Tech for free. Ivy Tech credits are accepted as general education credits by most other universities, so students can apply those credits just about anywhere they want to go, Mr. Tuley said. 

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Laura Anderson wrote:
This sounds like a great class. Mr. Turley might want to have Mike Piggott, a Scecina alumni come to speak at some time. He was a newscaster in Lafayette for a number of years and is often the face and spokesperson of Purdue University where he works.

Thu, October 11, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

2. Rachel Mendez wrote:
I want to sincerely Thank You for teaching our daughter over the past few years and preparing her as she looks to college and pursuing a career in broadcasting and TV productions. The Mendez family

Thu, October 11, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

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