DAVISON (WJRT) - (09/14/17) - At DTV, students are creating the future of news, and now their television program is receiving national recognition again.
Through thousands of submissions, Davison High School’s DTV is 1 out of just 5 student run stations to be in the running for the National Student Production Awards Best News Piece.
“This is the first time that it has ever happened for anyone at DTV, so that's really exciting.” said DTV student and Executive producer, Bailey Talaska.
While the piece focuses in on the difficult topic of domestic abuse, students say they couldn't be happier to see the topic on a national platform.
“Right now we're getting it out to a big group of people who are watching it and who are really dictating it, and I love that it got that far because that's amazing.” said DTV graduate Alesia Paxton “It is all the way in California, people are watching it and I think that is amazing. But next step I really want students to watch it. Get it to people who are also going through what she went through.”
And although an Emmy would be nice to win, students say that wasn't what they set out to do.
“It’s definitely for Madison, it's not for me, it’s not for Bailey, it’s not any of us, it’s for Madison.” said Paxton
“The most exciting moment was when we showed her the final product and she watched it and after she was done she turned around and just hugged both of us and she was just really happy with it.” said Talaska.
For instructor, Randy Scott, seeing his students truly become journalists is inspiring each and everyday.
“That's what this is all about. Seeing those kids go through the process, learn how to become journalists and learn how to find the facts and work it down, that’s exactly what we’re trying to do here. So it’s really awesome to see when they complete it.” said Scott
On October 3rd when results are announced, the students at DTV hope to add to their growing wall of awards.