WEEKI WACHEE — Winding Waters K-8 School as been open since August, plenty of time for things to happen. And when stuff happens, the WWK8 Daily Buzz gets the story out.
Students who are part of the morning show's News Crew meet with media specialist Liz Marion during their specials period. They run the show; Marion advises them.
There are 12 members on the team: fifth-graders Dimitri Youse, Rachael Harvey, Felicity Cox, Jordan Kacarka, Sean Ellis, Jeziah Torres, Shaylyn Gulley, Morgan Katocs, Madeline Jean-Marie, Brandy Vetter, Noah Marion and Esmeralda Chavez.
The students take turns doing the various broadcasting jobs. They work sound control, cameras, the teleprompter, the tricaster and the production board. They also get chances to anchor.
In addition, the students are expected to produce feature stories. One Dimitri and Jeziah have been working on concerns an unidentified student known as "that guy," who purposefully messes up the order of library books. As investigative reporters, the boys are bent on identifying the culprit and bringing him to justice.
The students have favorite positions in the crew, anchor being the most popular.
Jordan likes that job, he said, "'cause I like to be on TV."
The same is true with Felicity.
"My favorite is the anchor, because I like acting," she said. "I've always wanted to be an actor."
Rachael and Sean prefer other jobs.
"I like the teleprompter," Rachael said.
Sean likes the tricaster.
"You get to change your own background, and it's not that you just read like an anchor does," he said. "You actually get to make your choices."
The students said they elected to be on the News Crew for a variety of reasons.
"I wanted to work with technology, and I wanted to see how to do it," Rachael said. "I love News Crew."
"I wanted to join the group, 'cause I thought, hey, I wanted to learn more technology, and thought I could beat my brother better at video games," said Sean. "News Crew has given me a great opportunity."