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St. Joseph-Ogden High School has started broadcasting school events.
SJO agreed to enter into a contract with PlayOn! Sports.
The PlayOn! Sports School Broadcast Program provides individual schools with an education-based broadcasting program that enables students and faculty to capture, edit and publish original content.
PlayOn! has provided SJO with the software and resources needed to produce TV-like events such as sports, graduation, guest speakers, and award ceremonies for broadcast over the Internet.
"It is a great way to showcase your school to the community," said Tom Neiman from PlayOn!.
The School Broadcast Program is available to high schools nationwide, with 30 schools in Illinois taking part.
Neiman said that the schools can sell advertising for their programing and the schools keep the profits.
"It can be very lucrative," he said.
SJO uses the laptop, provided by the company, to edit and produce the videos. They also are training teachers and students and offer 24 hour phone support.
Neiman said some students even produce their own daily newscast.
The shows are then placed on a website. The website feature the SJO colors and graphics.
"SJO controls the content," Neiman said.
There is a $3,000 fee for the program. The fee is paid yearly, however if the school produces 20 or more programs a year $1,500 is refunded to the district. The SJO fan club has offered to pay $1,500 of the fee. A local resident donated the additional $1,500.
Superintendent Jim Acklin said he thinks the program is a great opportunity for the district.
"We have kids who will be all over this," he said.
The site can be found at http://www.playonsports.com/channels/st-joseph-ogden-st-joseph-illinois.