FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Fifteen media students from Hopi High School visited the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Communications Department Dec. 2 to see what they had to offer and many were impressed.
The Hopi High students learned about NAU's TV, radio, print journalism and photography programs. They also viewed NAU's NAZ TV news program and participated in a mock TV news program of their own.
The NAU experience was coordinated by broadcast teacher Dale Hoskins. Paul Helford spoke to the Hopi High students about NAU's summer broadcast camp. Harun Mehmedinovic talked to the students about video, Aaron Benally talked about radio, Sam Minkler spoke about photography and Peter Freiderici spoke about print journalism.
Greta "Little Q" Quotskuyva, a sophomore at Hopi High, said NAU has a great broadcasting program.
"I learned that the media is a greatly used program at NAU," she said. "This motivates me to pursue my goal in media and become something as a photographer, broadcaster and radio professional. I was most impressed with the broadcasting because I got more information than I did from radio."
Quotskuyva wants to major in communications so she can learn about all media forms. She and Hopi High radio student Storm Tso served as anchors during a mock broadcast as they learned what it was like to be on the big screen.
Tso, a junior, said the trip was a great experience and her favorite part was going into the radio studio to watch a live news broadcast as well as touring the photography department with Minkler. She is considering majoring in communications or photography.
"I was mostly impressed by Sam Minkler after hearing his story and the struggles of being recognized for his work. I inspected his work. After seeing his work and talking to his students, I learned that he is a great photographer and teacher," she said.
Tso said media is important to her because it's a way of telling people what's happening around them.
Jennifer Huma, a junior, said the NAU media was fantastic because there was a lot taught to them by the NAU students that were part of the TV broadcast.
"The best part of the trip was talking to the editor and advisor of the Lumberjack newspaper Peter Friederici," she said. "The information was extensive and helpful in ways I could use to my advantage once I graduate from high school."
Huma said taking in the information drove her to do more for herself and learn extra about the media field.
"I was most impressed by the NAU students. It amazed me to see how they were holding up with their daily lives while also attending to their college education," she said.
Huma plans to major in print journalism either at NAU or Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Raicardo Jim, a senior, said the trip was informative and fun because he had never been to NAU previously.
"The best part of the trip was going to broadcast studio," he said. "It was exciting to see what happens behind the scenes of broadcasts. This makes me more interested in broadcasting. The way it works and the experience involved with it seems exciting."
Jim was most impressed with Benally, KJACK Radio Station manager, who went from an average student to someone who is helping with the filming of the Superbowl this year.
"Media is important because it provides me with up to date news and weather," Jim said.
Allysia Humestewa, a senior, said the trip to NAU was amazing because the day was packed with fun and interesting activities.
"The best part was that we had the opportunity to see close up TV broadcasting live. We got to sit in on an actual live show and got to see how everything was recorded and put together both in the control room and the studio," she said. "The trip motivated me to look into doing more in the media field because everything the students do there seems like fun."
Humeyestewa said she would love to be around all the equipment that the NAU students get to work with every day.
"I was most impressed with the TV broadcasting crew because everybody on the set is assigned to something, so I realize what it takes to put a show together," she said. "I want to be able to be on camera because the people on camera look so professional and sophisticated."
Tierra Lomabalaquihoya, a junior, said she learned about the type of cameras they use for TV broadcast.
"Being on this trip motivates me to think about pursuing media as a career," she said.
Lomabalaquihoya said she was impressed with Benally because at one point he was just like the high school students who are struggling with their grades. She wants to major in criminal justice, but is considering a minor in media.
Anthony Salazar, a senior, said the NAU trip was awesome because he was able to work with NAU Video Professor Brandon Neuman. Salazar was happy because he had a chance to work the TV camera and the control board.
"I learned tips from the video director of how to get good angles on the shots. They showed us how the studio looks and how the floor manager and directors control the show," Salazar said.
He is considering majoring in radio and video in college.
Star Not Afraid, a senior, said the best part for him was playing his guitar on KJACK radio. He also learned that there are a lot of components that go into making video or film, like sound, picture and location quality. He is considering minoring in media. He will major in music, but thinks a minor in filmmaking would be helpful.
Kursheena Yazzie, a junior, took photographs of the live broadcast.
"Sam Minkler was happy because he thought I was a photographer. It made me laugh," she said. "I learned a lot about the Canon camera I was working with that NAU loaned us. This trip has motivated me to do more in the photography area."
Yazzie said photography and media is important to her "because it helped me become the confident, loud and artistic person I am today, so I'm really grateful I got stuck in radio in the first year."
Krienne Pahovama, a junior, said the best part of the trip was being on radio and TV. She enjoyed seeing what goes on behind the scenes and is considering pursuing media in college and the rest of her high school years.
"The trip sparked a new interest in media for me," she said "I was impressed with the control room personnel."
Pahovama is interested in photography, radio and TV broadcasting.
"I love the rush of being a part of all the action in media," she said.
Sharon Mariano, a senior, said the best part of the visit was NAU students teaching the Hopi High students how the equipment in the control room worked.
"It gave us a feel of what it would be like to be on TV," she said. "I was most impressed with the photography. Seeing all the pictures made me think that's what I wanted to do when I was younger."
Mariano is considering taking media classes when she goes to college next year.