photo by Doug Green

A Passion for Broadcast Journalism

Carlsbad High School (CHS) student Sydney Payne recently spent a week in Washington, D.C. attending a workshop sponsored by PBS Television’s Student Reporting Labs. The program gave Sydney the opportunity to work with and learn from broadcasting professionals from around the country. When asked about her experience Sydney shared, “During my junior year, I applied for the PBS Student Reporting Labs Academy. I submitted a one-minute video based on my experience and a questionnaire regarding my work. A couple weeks later I was notified I was one of the 18 students chosen! My favorite part was gathering with different students from all over the country with the same passion. I made many connections and learned so much that I can now use to improve my skills.”

Sydney also previously worked with CHSTV to executive-produce a film for PBS NewsHour called “The New Safe – Inside the Battle for School Security.” Sydney explained, “Along with three other CHSTV students, I wrote, reported, filmed, edited, and produced a short documentary regarding school safety, which then aired on the PBS NewsHour to a million-plus viewers. As I watched my documentary on national television, I had never felt so honored and proud.” With achievements such as these, it is clear that Sydney is well on her way to achieving her goal of a career in broadcast journalism. She shared, “Whether I’m in the control room producing or up on the anchor desk, I’m always having the time of my life. My dream job is to work on Good Morning America, and later on in life I’d like to travel and produce documentaries from all over the world.”