About TJTV at Toby Johnson Middle School
TJ-TV at Toby Johnson Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District is a student-run television station that produces a live news show called First Things 1st. Students arrive at school every morning at 7am to produce the show that is broadcast four days a week. Students in TJ-TV learn writing, editing, collaboration, leadership, and time-management skills. They also learn about broadcast news, reporting, videography, composition and deadlines. These skills will help them succeed in every aspect of their future.
One of the most unique features of TJ-TV is that it is created, produced and run by 12 and 13-year-old middle school students who elect to participate in the program. These students are able to create content that is on the well beyond their grade level. TJ-TV has also created a great relationship with Franklin High School which allows the middle school students to transition seamlessly into the high school program and continue their passion for media.
About SEVA Studios
The SEVA Studios are a joint project with SECC, the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission and school districts to create and encourage video production in schools with training opportunities and equipment assistance. Student created school news programs have regular air time on educational cable each week to highlight the use of the SEVA Studio Labs and share what’s going on at local schools.
For more information: secctv.org/seva/seva-studio-labs