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Dobbs Ferry Gets A 'Daily Dose' Of Student Television

Dobbs Ferry Middle School student Alyssa Rivera hosts a recent episode of "The Daily Dose."
Dobbs Ferry Middle School student Alyssa Rivera hosts a recent episode of "The Daily Dose." Photo Credit: Dobbs Ferry School District

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Dobbs Ferry middle school students are seeing the televisual talents of several of their peers each morning with a live broadcast of relevant news of the day produced by the school's TV Club.

The show, called "The Daily Dose," is alternately hosted by five students and spans an array of topical features and timely announcements.

The District’s Television Studio Director Kevin Ridley is the club’s advisor. Ridley, along with 11th grader Vincent Laino, serves as co-executive producer of the show.

“Daily Dose has become so popular, I have half a dozen more students waiting in the wings who want to join the Dnews team,” Ridley said in a statement.

In addition to the traditional morning announcements, which include weather, today’s lunch, and clubs and sports information, the “Daily Dose” also encompasses special news segments.

“Food for Thought” poses a tongue-in-cheek question for students to contemplate such as, “If you spill stain remover, what do you clean it up with?” Additionally, and on a more educational note, other features include a music wrap-up called the “iTunes Top Five,” an historical report “This Day in History,” and often a Biography “short” highlighting a famous person. “Bend Your Brain,” “Weird Facts” and the “Mentimeter Question of the Week” are also regular features.

Students respond to the Mentimeter Question online via their cell phones or tablets. MAC Lab Teaching Assistant and yearbook advisor Bryan Korzen provides the TV crew with the survey question (covering topics such as social media, homework, clubs and sports) and the final results will appear in the Middle School yearbook.

The “Daily Dose” students are responsible for pulling together the entire show and arrive each morning at the studio by 7:30 am to review stories for the day’s programming and begin researching topics for the week. The 3-5 minute “Daily Dose” broadcast is shown in every 6th through 8th grade classroom via the SMART Boards for easy viewing.

TV Club members include Amy Allen, Ashley Klein, Gabriella Torres, Amanda Distefano, and Alyssa Rivera.

“The students are learning how to read the teleprompter, operate the camera, maintain a camera presence and deliver the news, while the crew runs the show behind the scenes,” Ridley aded in the statement.

Click here to see two recent episodes of "The Daily Dose."

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