The Stars of Tomorrow get Their Shot in the Limelight Today

By: Jacob Bolen and Jordan Emery

As the second day of the 2018 Youth in Government assembly commenced, select students from our newsroom were gifted the opportunity to explore beyond the realm of our capital building.  

In the morning, most of us, or at least our parents, turn on the television to our local news station.  Today, we explored behind the scenes of one of the most popular news broadcasting channels in Colorado, Fox 31 and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 News, described by our tour guide as, “the best team in the news, currently.”


Media Delegates with Kirk Yuhnke and Meagan O’Halloran

For those technologically advanced students among us, this was a superb circumstance to delve deeper into the audio and video side of production.  Advanced sound boards, cameras and the latest technology surrounded the entirety of business around the station. Most impressive being the, “Weather Beast,” a decked out truck for extreme meteorological situations and locational broadcasting.  “At 20 feet long, with 36 inch tires, and custom off-road lift and suspension, the Beast can plow through the deepest snow, heaviest rain, muddy fields, gusty wind and anything else Mother Nature can throw at us.”


“Weather Beast”

We spoke one on one with our tour guide and news anchors to uncover more about the media industry in modern society.  The picture that viewers see is the product of a team of dedicated hard-workers enhancing the quality of video that is broadcasted.   Popular industry names including Chris Parente and Sam Boik, may resonate in your mind as the Everyday Show morning hosts. We sat in on one of their live programs to serve as a televised studio audience.  The value of the media became evident as we witnessed a demonstration proving how television is able to communicate to the public on a global scale. Parente and Boik’s presentation introduced us to the more light-hearted causal side of news broadcasting before being interrupted by the breaking news report provided by anchors Kirk Yuhnke and Meagan O’Halloran.


Kirk Yuhnke and Meagan O’Halloran

Fear of failure or messing up is what restrains most of us from branching out and stepping in front of the camera.  It is necessary that we recognize that everybody makes mistakes even those that are used to the spotlight in their day to day lives.  In the words of news anchor Yuhnke,

“When you first start, its in your head and you want it to be perfect, but honestly, we mess up more than people realize, and you just cover your tracks and learn to roll with it.”  

This was described as the snowball effect: if you continue to think about what you just messed up, you’ll keep messing up, so prosper and don’t let your faults define you.  

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Phillip Montero Matthews and Joseph Barrett

It is vital to correlate politics and what we do at the capitol building to the media.  Today’s technological society has the power to shape the political world in the eyes of the public.  As members of the upcoming generation, the power has shifted to us in our influence over political decisions.  “We don’t condone fake news. It is not responsible journalism, it’s discrediting.” Like newsrooms strive to do, we must sort through the bias and make our decisions, or reports, based off of what we believe is best.

Photos by: YIG Photographer  


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