March 18, 2003
Henry County High School awarded Radio and Television News Directors Foundation Seed Grant
Louisville, KY -- WHAS-TV is proud to present a $5000 grant to Henry County High School on behalf of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. This High School Journalism Partnership Seed Grant is the result of an established newsroom/high school partnership between WHAS-TV and Henry County High School.
This partnership advances RTNDF's mission to sustain electronic journalism programs in the community and serve as a model for stations across the country. The RTNDF grant will be used to purchase a Canon GL2 digital camera, an iMac computer capable of running Final Cut Pro editing software and additional microphones and cables.
Henry Co. High School media teacher Steve Galyon has served as a RTNDF Teacher Ambassador for the past year and has spent this time attending conferences around the country, demonstrating the value of a newsroom/school partnership. Henry County High School's association with WHAS-TV began in 1999 when Mr. Galyon visited WHAS as part of a Teacher/Business Exchange. He was chosen later that year by the Belo Corporation to attend a First Amendment Seminar hosted by the Student Press Law Center and JEA (Journalism Education Association) in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Galyon's classes have toured the station on several occasions and have shadowed personnel as part of a mentoring program. Robert Klingle, V.P. and General Manager of WHAS-TV states, "This partnership is another example of the commitment WHAS-TV has to our viewers by actively participating in the community with a sense of purpose and inclusiveness. We have been a strong supporter of education for many years through our "Excel", "Goal Setters" and "Fulfilling the Dream" programs.
This partnership can enhance education opportunities for young people and further demonstrate that teaching is all about sharing."
Henry Co. High School's WCAT News team was named one of the top three programs in the nation in 2002 by winning the Pacemaker Award in broadcast Journalism from the National Scholastic Press Association.
WHAS11 is the ABC network affiliate serving the Louisville, Kentucky area, and a subsidiary of Belo Corp. Belo Corp. is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services, at 502-582-7520. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.