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The scoop on broadcast journalism at Richland High School

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RICHLAND, WA - In an era where it's common for schools around the country to cut their art programs and other electives, Richland High School has chosen to excel. For example, broadcast journalism is one of their most popular classes, with students putting on their own newscast.

It's not something you see often. Mr. Murphy's 5th period class transforms into a newsroom every day. Just like an actual newsroom, they start off with a meeting filled with reporters, producers, and anchors before everyone goes off and gets their stories.

Mr. Murphy's passion dates back decades, and it's the reason why he started up his broadcast journalism class back in 2010.

"Me and another gentleman live broadcasted baseball my junior year in high school so that's really where my love for broadcasting stems," said Murphy. "It goes back to KUBSFM."

School parking construction and dress code violations are a few of the topics you'll hear about on AtomicTV, but students also include current events from around the world.

"I know we stopped and did a story about the France incident, we've done earthquakes in Italy," said Murphy.

Students are learning a lot more than the industry's tricks of the trade.

"We're definitely learning speaking skills, we're learning technology skills, we're kind of learning HR person, you know, helping people with their problems and helping people work through their problems," said Sarah Ullmann, director and co-anchor of AtomicTV.

All qualities that will also help them in their future careers.

"We should be teaching our students on how to be prepared for the future and choosing what they want to do," said Ullmann. "Obviously you don't have to chose exactly what you want to do, but it's good to kind of see what you want to do and where you fit into the world."