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Meet your NTV anchors

Every Friday morning, students look forward to watching the weekly episode of NTV during TA. Yet, what many students often forget is the amount of time and effort students put into a 10-minute episode. The Howler sat down with your NTV anchors to learn what happens in front of the camera, whether it’s about being a host to working behind the scenes.

Catherine Li and Nawal Abdul: How did you get into NTV?

Serena Green: Watching NTV as a freshman was so inspiring to me; I was so amazed by the quality of the show as a whole and being a part of it seemed like an incredible opportunity.

Leah Kong: Getting into NTV was a different process for me because I applied a lot later, after the crew was already decided. I realized that one of my goals was to be helpful and informative to school culture, so I talked to Mr. Sellwood about joining and went through interviews and video applications.

CL and NA: What was your audition process like?

Lauren Hitchens: To get in, you have to make a video about something that’s important to you. I made mine about sports because I’ve been doing sports since I was five, so mine was centered around swim and water polo. They’ve been such a huge impact on my life.

Arman Suermeli: At first, it was weird making something about yourself, so I chose to make a video about my hobbies. Granted, it may be a little weird, but I like collecting currencies from around the world, so I talked a little bit about how every single coin has its own history and represents so much throughout history. I was on a strict schedule, so I had a bit of a time crunch, so it wasn’t my best work.

CL and NA: Is it nerve-wracking to be in an episode every week?

Danielle Smith: Not really. I feel like we’re really prepared. We plan every detail out, and the nice thing about having it on camera is that you can take multiple takes of it. I’m hosting, so sometimes a segment will take a really long time. We’ll take 10-15 takes of just doing the same segment. At first, it was really nerve-wracking thinking what people are going to think of me, especially because NTV is one of the only arts that everybody sees no matter what. You know you have to pay to go see a play or a dance concert and that sort of stuff, but NTV you have to see, whether you want to or not. I was scared how people would react to it, but my TA really supported me.

Arman Suermeli: It’s definitely strange seeing yourself in your TA, because throughout the screening, you get those little looks or comments from the people around you. However, it’s still really cool being able to connect with the school somehow on a different level, and then passing some other Northwood students whom I’ve never even met and say “I saw you on NTV!”

CL and NA: What is your favorite part about NTV?

AJ Mackey: The people. They’re so dynamic and hard-working and I think they’re so underrepresented. The quality of the show is also amazing, and I don’t think any other high school puts on a show as good at Northwood does.

Ellie Kendall-Jones: My favorite part about NTV is definitely the family that everyone in NTV becomes. It’s so nice to bond with people over a common interest and I have met some of my best friends in NTV.

Jessica Rosborough: My favorite part about it is everyone’s willingness to help each other out even if they aren’t in a group together working on the same part of a segment. Everyone is so willing to help and give input and we all work together to make the show the best. It’s not just one individual doing it all.

CL and NA: What is the best and worst part of being an anchor?

Serena Green: Worst: Watching myself in TA in front of everyone is a little uncomfortable, but I’m learning to get used to watching myself on screen.

Danielle Smith: Worst: I don’t really know if there is a worst part. I guess if you’re having a bad day and you have to film, it’s just something you have to do. You have to turn it on no matter what. It’s like acting in a way. No one wants to watch a boring host, so even if you have the worst day, you have to turn it on. Usually though, the people in NTV are super supportive and they’ll make your day.

Jessica Rosborough: Best: Probably being able to have the freedoms to make your own script, I mean within reason you get to create the energy of the show almost with how you present it and with your co-host. It’s a really cool process.

CL and NA: What is it like being an anchor?

AJ Mackey: It’s an amazing experience. I can see that there’s so many moving parts to NTV. I get to see the behind the scenes, while flexing my oration skills, while presenting daily announcements to Northwood. I feel like I pick up numerous disciplines in one position.

CL and NA: Can you give us a little behind-the-scenes snippet of NTV and what goes into it?

AJ Mackey: A lot goes on. You’d be surprised at the details that the crew considers. I swear it takes at least 20 minutes to get the right lighting for my face, it’s so intricate. But above all, so much planning and even stress goes into every show, yet the finished product is always worth the hassle.

Arman Suermeli: Usually, we are divided into groups and given a genre of segment, whether that be “Man on the Street”, a sports edit, a spot feature, or “Unplugged”. Then, we create pitches and discuss different ideas about the segment, critiquing and asking questions along the way. As soon as we can, we will then start filming, and edit all of our videos in class. We have to meet certain deadlines, because approving, revising, and putting all of our videos in the episode takes time. After all that is done, we meet on Thursdays after school to start any other projects, or to film the hosts, which is quite time-consuming, as the preparation is very important and detailed.

Ellie Kendall-Jones: Normally it’s pretty stressful just because there’s so many people working to complete different tasks and everyone is trying to help, but sometimes there’s too many people trying to help and sometimes there’s not enough, so it honestly gets pretty chaotic.