Jeffrey Green has taught the Television Production class offered at Jennings County High School for 19 years.
With the help of his students, Green has created a news, weather and sports broadcast that is viewed, on average, in 41,000 homes across three countries.
However, when the 2016 Jennings County High School graduation was broadcast live, the number of viewers skyrocketed with viewers from 41 different states, 31 countries, and 11 different military bases across the world.
The program airs daily at 2:56 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and it repeats the next day at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Channel 96 with Comcast and Channel 2 with Cinergy Metro. The school channel was just last month added to the Seymour and Brownstown markets through Cinergy.
The school program has won 11 Telly video awards and the only two Millennium Awards ever received by a public school in the United States.
In addition to these awards, Green’s students have won 41 national and 14 states awards in digital media, making this class the most highly awarded department in the nation.
These awards are received based on the videos that students have made for the class, as the course requires videos be submitted every nine-week grading period. The videos may include advertisements, music videos and event photography. In addition to digital media, Green has partnered with the The Republic in Columbus for the last eight years to allow students an intern writing position with the newspaper.
Many of the students in Green’s class enjoy the creativity and freedom allowed to them in this class.
Demetre Fleek, a sophomore, stated that “I like this class because of the teacher, and the great overall atmosphere he and my fellow students create in this class.” This is a shared opinion by many of Fleek’s classmates, as it has been Green’s encouragement that has made his students so successful in this art form.
When asked about what draws him to teach this class, Green responded, “Before, when I started the 911 facility back in the early 1990s, my daily interactions were working with good people caught in bad situations, but since I’ve been here, working with kids, I get to help make for a better society. “… In schools, you are given a chance to make this place a little better and that is more gratifying.”
Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School