By Noe Lambert
With all the new advances in technology, it’s very rarely you come across students who take time out of their day to read anything that’s not on their devices. They’re glued to those little screens and are blind to the world outside them. However, it’s important that students are aware of what’s happening within their schools. That’s why sophomore, Payton Major is bringing “Beaver Broadcast” to Beaverton.
Her primary focus is to update students without social media on school events. Major, with the help of co-anchor senior Trey Lusk, would like to shine a light on the parts of Beaverton that aren’t always the main focus of school’s media outlets. Every student will have access to this information because it will be broadcasted through a school-wide Canvas account.
Major has dreamed her whole life of being a news anchor, which is what inspired her to start Beaver Broadcast. She said, “I’ve always wanted to be a news anchor, and I think that making news come to our school in broadcast form is really important because people don’t really read much anymore.” Major will be working alongside her Leadership classmates to bring this idea to life. She is planning on filming during Leadership class in MD27, a specialized newsroom with a green screen and news cameras.
However, she hasn’t accomplished all of this herself. Casi Yost, a digital media teacher at Beaverton, has been a proud supporter and companion on Major’s road to success. They have worked alongside Principal Anne Erwin who discussed Major’s Beaver Broadcast with prominent district figures such as Maureen Wheeler. Wheeler has an assistant who worked at KGW for fifteen years as a news producer who may be able to assist the new program significantly.
Beaver Broadcast should be up-and-running by mid-November. For now, Major and her colleagues are still planning and getting organized. When asked what she is looking forward to with her new program, Major gushed, “I’m just looking forward to having people watch it. And having them be aware of what’s going on even if they don’t have access to social media.” Major’s effort to making Beaver Broadcast happen has been incredible, and the Beaverton community is waiting eagerly!
Sophomore Payton Major flashes an award-winning smile in front of a to-be-announced backdrop. Photo by Noe Lambert.