By Kristen Johanson


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia students, faculty, staff and invited guests gathered at School District headquarters on North Broad Street Monday for the unveiling and relaunch of their student-run production studios.

In this state-of-the-art production facility, students can make scripted shows, music recordings and news broadcasts.

“It’s really up to them the amount of content they want to create. This is their station and their voice,” said Shelley Wolfe, who heads the program. She says it’s a way for kids to get a head start on the future.

“They get to work in a mix-media environment,” she said. “They have an opportunity to learn studio production, editing, music production and everything is 100 percent hands on.”

(credit: Kristen Johanson)

(credit: Kristen Johanson)

“I’m most excited about all the news drones and the cameras that we have,” said Masterman junior Olivia Sandom, who has dreams of becoming a film director. “I am here trying still trying to realize what I want to do, and I think that it gives me the opportunity to test different waters.”

The renovation was funded by grants from foundations in the city.

“We want our children to be the creators of content, as much as they are the consumers of content,” said Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite, Jr. “This gives us the ability as a district to stream those things online, every day, around the clock.”

The hope is to expand the programs, to add a lab or studio to every school in the district.

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