Channel 13 has a staff of broadcast professionals that produce award-winning programs that highlight the events and people of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. Original programming includes Chalk Talk, the station’s premier news magazine, Prep Zone sports, choral and band performances, graduation ceremonies, and much more. Channel 13 also airs live shuttle launches and landings via satellite from NASA.
Channel 13 offers broadcasting internships to high school students who wish to study and intern in the field of broadcasting. Students learn to write a script, operate a camera, report the news, anchor a show, and edit video while working alongside professionals from the broadcast industry now at Channel 13. This one – year Carnegie unit course is offered to juniors and seniors in the school district. Many of our interns have continued on in video production and broadcasting and are employed at such places as WDSU-TV, WBRZ-TV, WWL-TV, KDFW-TV, and DreamWorks Animation.
Channel 13 also offers a week-long video production workshop to high school broadcasting students each summer. Students write, edit, and shoot a video on a topic of local interest with the help of the Channel 13 staff. A video festival is held on the final day of the week where friends and family are invited to view the premier showing of the videos. The videos are then aired on Channel 13.
Channel 13 is available to Charter Cable subscribers and to AT&T U-Verse subscribers on Channel 99. The Charter channel guide feature allows Charter Cable viewers to quickly identify the program currently on the air. Viewers can also watch our shows live stream from our home webpage and can view and/or download our shows on our Video on Demand page.
School System Wins Several Awards
At 2013 New Orleans Press Club
For the sixth year in a row, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System won recognition from the New Orleans Area Press Club for outstanding media projects created during the past 12 months. Both the Department of Communications and Channel 13, the School’s System educational television channel, won honors at the 55th annual Press Club Awards Banquet on July 20, 2013, in downtown New Orleans.
Angela Daviston, a Communications Specialist with the School System’s Department of Communications, won a first place award in the category of Public Relations Infographics for her work on community presentations for the 2012 bond issue elections.
John Harrison with Channel 13 won first place in General News Videography for his “Letters of Hope” segment about school children who had experienced Hurricane Katrina writing letters to victims of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. The judges felt the entry was cleverly shot and edited, telling the story of young hurricane victims reaching out at Christmastime to other young victims.
Harrison also won a second place award in the category of Documentary Videography for his work describing the career of the late Dr. John Swang. The segment, entitled “Imagine – Dr. John Swang,” was commended by the judges for being a fittingly crafted tribute to a special man and his legacy.
In the category of Sports Action Videography, a first place award went to Rhett Sharpe and David Williams with Channel 13 Educational Television for their coverage of the Volleyball State Championship.
From left to right, Angela Daviston, John Harrison and Rhett Sharpe
In the category of Public Relations E-Newsletter, second place went to Ms. Mendez and Ms. Daviston for the weekly “Trey’s Team Talk” email communication. They also won second place in the category of Public Relations Social Media, with the judges commenting on the School System’s sharp, clean-looking Facebook design.
In the category of Infographics – TV, Rhett Sharpe won second place for his work on a video depicting the Black History Programs of St. Tammany Parish public schools, and he won a third place award in the same category for his video report on the Mathletes Program. Trevor Cassidy, a former intern at Channel 13, won first place in that category with his “Eye on the Tigers” video for WWL-TV.
Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, said, “We appreciate the New Orleans Press Club’s recognition of our community media efforts. Through print, internet, and video media, our outstanding communications and broadcasting staff members are helping us to keep the public well-informed about our School System. Having the New Orleans Press Club honor our media productions in this way helps us know we are meeting the challenge of communicating our mission in the most effective and professional manner.”
LACUE Student Video Contest Award
The 2012 Student Video Contest Award given by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) was recently won by Channel 13 Educational Television at the Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville. The award was presented for the video “Friendships Beyond Differences,” which tells the story of the Bulldog Buddies at Fontainebleau High School. Director of Broadcasting Dr. Melody Swang, left, and Broadcast Media Specialist John Harrison received the award at the November 27, 2012, opening presentation of the annual LACUE Conference Business Meeting on the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.