HARTFORD, April 8, 2009 –Twenty thousand dollars in scholarships and video production equipment was awarded today at the 2009 Fox 61 Student News Award Ceremony. More than 300 Connecticut students, parents, and teachers gathered at the Learning Corridor’s Theater for Performing Arts. Winning middle schools receive video production equipment for their schools and winning high school students receive scholarships for post-secondary education. Fox 61 News at Ten Anchor Susan Christensen emceed the event honoring the work of local middle and high school students.
Fox 61 Student News is one-of-a-kind, nationally recognized, community affairs, free of charge program focused on teaching critical thinking skills to students. Through teacher and student workshops, students learn to produce their own news stories. Fox 61 WTIC-TV and CW 20 WTXX-TV are the only television stations in the country that broadcast student-produced news stories 37 times per week. The stories selected for broadcast are considered for the Award Ceremony.
More than 250 Connecticut middle schools and high schools have participated in the Fox 61 Student News program. The students produce one-minute news stories that are broadcast throughout the day on both stations during shows such as “Fox 61 Morning News,” “The Simpsons” and “Fox 61 News at Ten.”
Along with Fox 61, corporate sponsors actively support the station’s mission of instilling life-long learning in Connecticut students. This year’s sponsors include Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Guida’s Milk & Ice Cream, Barnum Financial Group – An Office of MetLife,The Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, The Rock 106.9 WCCC, and the Hartford Courant.
The winning Student News teams will be awarded scholarships in the High School Division and video production equipment grants in the Middle School Division.