October 24, 2003
WHAS11 announces new partnership with Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Louisville, KY -- WHAS11 will kick off a formal partnership with Thomas Jefferson Middle School, the communications magnet middle school for the Jefferson County School District, on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 12:30 PM. The school is located at 1501 Rangeland Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40219.
As a partner, WHAS11 television professionals will interact with the school's communication teachers and work with the students throughout the school year. WHAS11 hopes their involvement will provide students with the necessary skills to become critical listeners, writers, viewers, readers and producers of all kinds of media. A second component of the partnership will be a mentorship program to provide academic and social support to other students at TJMS. "Education and teaching are all about sharing", says Robert Klingle, VP and General Manager. "We hope to help prepare the journalists of tomorrow and mentor other students in academic and literacy skills so they're better prepared for the future."
Teachers in the communications program at TJMS have created a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the core content into the communications specialization. Veteran investigative reporter Mark Hebert spoke to the 300 communications students last week. "They are great kids and asked great questions. Many of them already seem plugged in to a career in journalism."
WHAS11 has been a strong supporter of education for many years through its Excel, Goal Setters and "Great Kids Fulfilling the Dream" programs. This total station project fits WHAS11's mission of dedication to the highest level of excellence.
WHAS11 is the ABC network affiliate serving the Louisville, Kentucky area, and is part of Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC). Belo 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. Based in Dallas, Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates nine 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 502-582-7870. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com a subsidiary of Belo Corp.