As the local media landscape continues to shrink, student-reporters at North Penn High School’s broadcast network, NPTV, are working hard to fill the news gap, writes Mike Sielski for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Among the recent victims of falling advertising revenue are Lansdale-based The Reporter and WNPV 1440 AM radio station.
North Penn Senior Erik Jesberger, who recently interviewed North Penn schools superintendent Curtis Dietrich for NPTV, was disheartened to hear news of the closings.
Still, he believes that “what that puts on us is not only more responsibility but an opportunity to shed light on the things going on in our community.”
As a result, the students have been running topical stories, including an episode of their “Mornings” show that covered coronavirus symptoms and prevention and reports on how students were passing their time away from school.
Due to the coronavirus, NPTV’s operations have also been running lean lately. Apart from one administrator and a couple of faculty members, the broadcast network is being operated by a collection of students working remotely from their homes.
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