Like any newsmagazine show on television, this one had a mix of stories on current topics — flu season, a fund-raiser for juvenile diabetes, a theater renovation project, sports, and a movie review.
The twist? The program was conceived, written, produced, edited, and presented by students from second to eighth grades.
Welcome to “Marblehead Youth News ,’’ which airs on the local cable access station MH-TV.
During a recent taping, boys and girls were operating the cameras, directing, working the teleprompter, staffing the tech room, and delivering the news and other stories from the anchor desk.
“They just come in and do what they need to do,” said Jon Caswell, the station’s programming coordinator and one of the two adults who help guide the children through the taping.
“They listen to directions and pick up everything really quickly,” he said.
“It’s seem chaotic, but it always comes together,” said Bryan Nadeau, the station’s production coordinator. “These kids know a lot more than you would think, just by watching TV and growing up in a technical age.”
The show was the idea of Darcy Mayers, a mother of three who wanted to provide her sports-involved children and their friends with a “more cerebral” activity.
Mayers, who knew the local station trains people from the community to produce their own television shows, approached executive director Joan Goloboy in the summer of 2011 with a proposal for “a news show by kids and for kids.”