Wednesday, November 30, 2011


January Show "Beyond Marblehead"

This will be our first "themed" show -- "Beyond Marblehead" -- where we'll look at stories beyond our borders. The show will have less of a "news" feel and more of a "Chronicle" feel. I hope that makes sense. Many of these stories were confirmed weeks ago so the options for this month are limited -- but there are some opportunities for kids and as always, we welcome ALL ideas!

One thing we've found: interviews with other kids are great! It broadens our viewership (for obvious reasons) and adds that "no grown-ups" feel of MYN. 

ANCHORS:                                         Rory/Cameron

SPORTS:                                              Kipp & Griffin-- working on a history of the MHD/Lamberts hockey connection; 
                                                                will include an interview
                                                                Other ideas welcome --  can be taped in the studio or on location. 

We will not have a SCHOOLS or ACTIVITIES reporter for this show as these ideas will be folded into features already scheduled. (See below!)

KID ON THE STREET:                      Melina (TBConfirmed)

AL ABOUT TOWN:                             Alex (TBC)


OP-ED:                                                  OPEN


Our Trip to China                    (Lily and Ben)
Lily and Ben will share their experiences in China where they traveled to meet their new sister.  Our show will air  air a few weeks before Chinese New Year, FYI.

Let's ROCK!                                   (Danny)
A musical event featuring our talented kids! 

Music IS not only international, but universal.

Classroom's Eye on the World   
A look at ways that teachers are engaging kids in the classroom with international stories, events and experiences.
                                                             (Revo will report on Yoga in his class.)
                                                             (Students in 2nd grade at Coffin will share news about the Intl Food Festival)

Eating Beyond Borders          
Tasty treats from around the globe -- kid-style! A cooking segment.
                                                             (Elle & Samantha)

An Author Among Us
An interview with 11 year old Ilana about her first book and how she's using it to raise awareness for a cause she cares about.

CAMERA PEOPLE:                       Gus and Sam
TELEPROMPTER:                        1 kid needed

TEASER?                                         Anyone interested in putting together another ad/teaser for our show? 
                                                           This 30-45 second piece will air as promo for MYN.

Remember: MHTV has cameras and mics available to borrow! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

OUR SECOND SHOW (and some inspiration?)

“If you're not nervous, it's not important to you. 
There's a difference between being nervous and being scared. 
Being nervous gives you a little tension and excitement...." - Dick Lee

Don't know who Dick Lee is? Me neither, but I loved the quote and I think it summed up our second show very, very well. Thanks to some Google research, Dick Lee was a coach of women's basketball -- I might have been track -- but it doesn't really matter. The point is that butterflies in the gut or sweaty palms means only that we care intensely about what it is we're doing. And though I'm sure someone said it far better than I am, caring intensely is the absolute key to being successful in nearly everything that matters in life: school, work, love, family.

The secret is to remember that every single one of us has to do a hard thing for the first time -- and even the second or the third or the twentieth time before we figure out how to do it the way we want. The trick is to learn something new along the way and, most importantly, to laugh up a storm while learning it! 

(Laughing, in my opinion, is one of the very best parts about being a human and anyone who's anyone will tell you that the best laughs are the ones you have on yourself.)

I can't wait until our second edition of MYN airs! I will update this post as soon as I have firm dates.

Please be sure to check the STORIES page to read up on and submit ideas for our next show. We have our anchors but will be making assignments this week.

In the meantime, here's some pictures:

Jack and Gabby waiting for their cue...


Tim behind the camera.

Alex (aka: Al About Town)

Ready, set...

Notes from the Producer...

John and Benny behind the scenes.

Revo delivers an update.

Oh, the glamorous life of television...

Sunday, November 20, 2011


We're all super excited for our second Tape Day tomorrow! We know that our on-set, on-location and behind the scenes kids will once again make us all very, very proud. Can't wait!


As we move into the busy holiday season, here's some advance notice about our next show. We are scheduled to tape January 3rd which is the first day back to school for MHD Public Schools. UGH.
(Great planning, Darcy!) (I mentioned this was a "learning experience," right?)

I will be checking on a new date with MHTV -- possibly one week forward (January 10th); please stay tuned.

What we do know is that our January show will have a "Beyond Marblehead" theme. Because we already have so many great ideas for features, we'll be changing the format of the show a bit -- please see the Story Ideas/Confirmed Stories page to see what's happening.

Our January show will have more of a "Chronicle" feel, rather than a Nightly News feel. 

We'll have our two Anchors (already assigned), but will NOT feature a SCHOOLS REPORT or an ACTIVITY REPORT. Instead, these two ideas will be folded into features that have already been pitched and approved: how teachers broaden borders (schools) and how kids' cultural lives are touched by international ideas, events or things (activities).  This does not mean, however, that we won't need kids and their great ideas! Kids are welcome to provide either taped pieces or essays that relate to this theme.

As for the SPORTS REPORT: we would love to see this less as an update on MHD sports but more as an essay about international sports and the ways that kids play sports or a sport around the world. Another great idea would be a in-depth look at MHD Hockey's partnership with Canada's St. Lamberts.

We will, as always, feature MOORE'S MOVIE MINUTE and if a child is interested in an EDITORIAL, bring it on! If possible, please try to keep these two segments within the theme "Beyond Marblehead."

Lastly, because of the holiday season and so that we can all enjoy it fully, due dates may be shifted from our "regularly scheduled program." I'll be in touch as soon as possible with our new tape day, due dates, etc., but in the meantime, thank you for asking your kids to put their "Beyond Marblehead" hats on!

Best wishes to all for healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 28, 2011

ASSIGNMENTS 11/21 SHOW -- Updated!!!

We have almost fully assigned Show Number two! Woohoo!
There are chances for kids to team up: we're looking for kids who might want to videotape while other kids interview, etc.

MYN  Team Assignments: 11/21 Show
* Indicates required attendance on Tape Day NOVEMBER 21!

Anchors:                                    Jack *
                                                    Gabriela *

One kid per each position:
School News:                           Natalia *
Sports News:                           Ben *
                                                   (Nicholas will provide a pre-taped story on the NEJO    Badminton tournament in mid-November)

Activity News:                         Sam *
                                                   (Sam will also share pre-taped about the Christmas Walk.)
                                                   (Melania will pre-tape an update on her Girl Scout Troop )

"Al About Town":                       Alex * will review "Peter Pan 360"

Moore’s Movie Minute:         Jake *

Opinion/Editorial:                 Henry *


MOVIES IN TOWN? -- Lily will look at our town's effort to bring back the Warwick Theater, with Elle interview "people on the street."
VILLAGE SCHOOL CHORUS -- Grace will report on preparations leading to the groups performance at the Tree Lighting.
INTERVIEW -- Rory and Cameron are seeking a special "get" -- stay tuned!
TOWER SCHOOL -- stories coming!

Features are kid-driven – pitch something!
Finished segments (between 3-5 minutes) are due one week prior to Tape Day.
Features must be pre-approved (to avoid overlap) and come edited and ready for air.
Sign in and off with “This is ____ for MYN.”

Camera work             Camden, Benny K. *
Production                 (one kid)
Teleprompter            Gus *

One to two kids         Camden, Benny

1 to 3 Editors (preferably 6th to 8th Grades)

1 to 3

As many as needed

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We Did It!

Anchors away! Paris and Alex with MHTV's Jon ready to roll.

One last minute tip (?)

Reid gets some tips from a pro.

And soon flies solo!

And so does Ben...

A pensive Gus...

Hadley gets mic'd while Ben adjusts the camera.

This is what it looked like -- Hadley in miniature!

Learning together...

Lily waits for her cue.

The amazing Moore's Movie Minute:

Only one of us couldn't sit still -- and it wasn't Kipp or Revo!

It's a wrap!

Our debut show premieres November 1st and throughout the month on MHTV (Channel 10 Comcast, Channel 28 Verizon; check the Schedule tab for exact times).

You should all be VERY PROUD!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Get Psyched!

Here's Cam and Elle readying to promote MYN:

You rocked girls! Thanks for leading the MYN charge!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Countdown Begins!

Lots of great news to share:

All three of our features are finished and delivered. And they look great! The same can be said of the MYN Opening created by Claire and Kevin. Our Anchors and Reporters are hard at work on their scripts -- thanks to everyone who delivered news and information! Jake's movie review is in and Lily's book review is on the way!

Benny is hard at work on a teaser clip (thanks to all those who taped their bit last Monday). That clip will accompany Cameron and Elle's segment on next week's MHTV News about MYN.

Break a leg, girls!

After some snafus, we seemed to have figured out our media sharing problems. A big thanks goes to Joan and everyone at MHTV for their patience and assistance! This week we'll be double checking that everything "works" and then it's lights camera action on October 25th.

If you are not required in studio that day, you are still welcome to stop by, but remember QUIET ON THE SET!

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


October 25th looms... Here are some details about our first show:

OPENING SEGMENT -- Claire and Kevin C are on it!

Paris and Alex will introduce MYN, reporters, and features.
(Script tips coming!)

School: Hadley will update us on school news.
This segment will "tease" a feature interview with Village VP, Mr. Ota (also conducted by Hadley).

Sports: Gabriela will give us an update on what's happening in sports.
This segment will include a video clip (15 secs approx) featuring old and new soccer uniforms.

Activity/Theater: Sam Baylow will tell us about upcoming plays and other cultural news.
We MAY have a clip from the new MHLT show.

(News tips coming -- 9/30!)

Book Review: Lily Yates will give us a 1-2 minute review of her favorite book.
Movie Review: We'll be adding one!

Opinion/Editorial: Kipp Schauder will interview MYN Producer Darcy Mayers...about MYN.

(The above will tape in studio 10/25.)


Surf's Up: Rory Schauder and Olivia Moore present a story about their summer camp experience.

A Star Among Us: Ilana and Sophie interview Glee Project star, Lynn native and MHLT actor, Alex Newall.

Our New VP: Hadley interviews Mr. Ota, new Vice Principal at the Village School.

(The above are due edited and ready to go October 18th.)

Paris and Alex will sign off.

Additionally: Benny K. is working on a 30 second "teaser" for our segment on MHTV news on October 20th. Elle Zymba and Cameron Saltsman will share news about MYN and our first show and present the teaser. Have extra video, like an outtake or two? Please send it to Darcy.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Despite the fact that our first show is underway (we tape October 25th), we are still very actively welcoming kids and parents who are interested in joining Marblehead's newest (and youngest) news team.

All MYN positions (anchor, reporter, camera work, etc) are rotating. Story ideas can be pitched by anyone at anytime: simply leave an idea under the Story Ideas page! There are many ways to be involved and any time is a great time to join in on the fun.

We do not have regular meetings but communicate frequently via email and through this blog. Kids complete their assignments (feature videos, script writing, editing) on their own time, but those who are on-camera in studio (anchors, reporters, reviewers), camera people, directors and producers are required to be present at 3:30 on Tape Days (always a Tuesday; the Schedule page has more information.)

In many ways, this is a very independent group, which we hope will work with your demanding schedule. All MYN kids should visit to become members of the station; this is required.

As always, please contact Darcy ( with any questions.

Join us!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DUE DATES and Keeping on Track

Here are few key dates to remember as we close in on our big debut:

School flyers delivered!

Parent "News Gatherers": please email Darcy by 9/30 with any news you might have.
I'll pass it along to our reporters who will begin crafting scripts.

Those needing video editing assistance: please ask for help! We have experts on standby!

All video features should be edited and ready to go!

Scripts should be emailed to Darcy for final editing.


Thursday, September 15, 2011


This is an excellent, easy resource.


The anchors should lead with a welcome (*This is Marblehead Youth News and I thank you for tuning in.") followed by an overview of all the news to come, in about 1 minute.

The Anchor will provide an overview of the show and prepare "leads" to each news segment, as in, "Let's hear from ___ about school news" or "And here's ___ with an update on sports."

The Anchor will also write an introduction to each Feature.

Anchors will be supported with news/information/copy 1-2 weeks before Tape Day.

Reporters should encapsulate news into 1-2 minute segments.
(Video may air over; for example: talking about new soccer uniforms? New uniforms will be shown.)

Reporters should focus on who/what/where.
"Tell the reader immediately what has happened and why it’s important." -- Reuters

An editorial piece should run 1-2 minutes and follow a basic "problem/gripe and solution" format -- 1-2 minutes.

Interview Tips

Think about what your story is about.
Have a good idea of the information you need to tell your story.
Create your questions, decide which you will ask, and write them down.
MHTV's Joan says the most important part of interviewing is listening...
Make sure you hear every answer!
Sometimes the answer will change your next question.
Never forget the who/what/where which is essential for news reporting, but a great story always has unique elements that make the reader/listener/viewer feel "connected" to the story.
"A good Reuters story gets straight to the point and has all the main elements – including context, background, human interest, color and descriptive woven in from the top, not just tagged on as an after-thought." -- Reuters
These are a few examples of questions that might get the answers you'll need:
How do you see ___ changing/building/growing?
What are your dreams for _____?
Why do you love ___so much?
What's next?