The citizens of Flint are struggling to keep a healthy lifestyle, given that they can’t use their own water. Davison High School is stepping up and sending aid. This Saturday, February 6th, Davison hockey fans can get into the game for $1.00 is one case of water is donated to help those in Flint. On the contrary, DECA started the H2O for 810 project. Starting on Monday, February 8th, anyone can donate money or water to the H2O for 810 project in the main office or in the Cardinal shop at lunch.
TV station met TV station on Wednesday morning. And not just the morning, we’re talking 5 AM, the early morning.
Nonetheless ABC12 drove just minutes over to Davison High School to talk all things DTV. Marc Jacobson and the morning crew rolled in at 4:30. From then on we went live for teases, interviews and talking about DTV’s current projects, especially Undrinkable. It nearly has 42,000 views as of Wednesday, and its only growing larger. More and more people are learning about how the Flint water crisis became what it is, notably with help from Michael Moore’s tweets and independent news organizations shouting out the documentary. If you still haven’t seen it, click here.
ABC12’s coverage from this morning is here.
Earlier today in a press conference held in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder took the podium once again to add more fuel to fire burning around the Flint water situation. A sudden spike in cases of Legionella, also known as Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. There have been 10 deaths in 87 cases of Legionnaires reported in Genesee County. 5 of the deaths were from people who were on Flint water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Legionella bacterium thrives in warm, stagnant water, like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, and hot water tanks.
Infection occurs when the mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled. You can read more about the disease here.
But here’s the real kicker: although all of the cases are not directly connected to Flint water yet, the spikes of Legionnaires coincides with the timing of the initial switch to Flint River water.
This information came after Snyder’s announcement last night that the Michigan National Guard would be in Flint today to hand out water and water filters.
From unhealthy to potentially deadly, the problems faced by Snyder and the people of Flint continue to pile on, and there seems to be no sign of the bad news slowing down.
The Cardinal Code has been a way for students to remind themselves how to behave for years, and the Gates Elementary staff made a great video to show it off.
The lyrics were written by Marie Glenn, a teacher at Gates, the video was filmed and produced by Jake Balla from the DHS tech department, and Colin O’Lear from DTV edited the video.
It was like an old-fashioned Big 9 matchup as the Hornets and Cardinals duked it out on the hardwood, but turnovers told the tale of the 1st half. The Cards started off strong with an 8-0 run led by seniors Brendan Fleming and Preston McNab. The Hornets, found their way back after a few bad passes from Davison and tied it up at 10-10. Driving to the basket looked easy for each side, and especially with Davison junior Jacob Chittle putting a show on in front of the home crowd, grabbing 4 baskets in the first half. Despite good offense in the paint, the turnovers continued and Kearsley continued to take advantage of the situation as they lead going into halftime 23-20.
Walking out of the locker room in the 3rd, Coach Bobby Hatten obviously made adjustments during half as the Cards brought the reins in and played smart, offensive basketball. With a pair of threes from freshman Cade Coleman the 3rd quarter rounded out with the Cards up by 2, 36-34. Into the 4th, the Cards pushed that lead up as the turnovers stopped and Kearsley was shut down defensively. With a score of 60-46 the Cardinals grabbed the win in the end after great ball movement, put them over the Hornets.
Chittle ended the night on top in stats, with 15 points, 3 rebounds and an assist as the cherry on top. Fleming showed his seniority with 8 points, 8 assists and 2 steals. McNab and Coleman walked off with 11 and 7 points, respectively.
With a win against a long-time rival, the boys look ahead to a road matchup against Bay City Central this Friday. The records will be even at 1-4 for each side, and both will be hungry for another win.
Periscope is changing the way we think about mobile video. In the mobile phone world, YouTube and well… YouTube is the most dominant video player and up-loader available. It was essentially the only video sharing service on iPhones until Snapchat came along. However even on Snapchat, users are only surrounded by other selected users. The audience doesn’t grow wider than that. Eventually, Vimeo released it’s mobile platform, but Vimeo’s policy only allows for professional videos and films, not everyday user content. In terms of livestreaming, there’s Twitch, Livestream.com, Ustream, and YouNow. While some of these sites did offer a way to communicate/stream and use the apps on smartphones, they just didn’t have the name power or the marketing. Not to mention the apps were shaky – sometimes they worked, sometimes not so much.
Then came Periscope.
Why is it better than the rest? It’s connected with Twitter, the biggest social network in America, apart from Facebook and YouTube. The sign up is as easy as writing an email. You click a few buttons and you’re in. Not only that but the platform itself works. It doesn’t crash, it doesn’t become unstable. It just works, and that doesn’t always happen with streaming and video apps as they’re known to be buggy.
The idea was conceived during Pakistan protests in 2013 when one of the founders, Kayvon Beykpour was there when the protests broke out. He wasn’t near the situation, but was obsessively checking Twitter and constantly reading about the protests. After browsing for moments on end, it bothered him he couldn’t truly see what was happening live through the eyes of someone on the scene.1http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-periscope-and-why-twitter-bought-it-2015-3
Developed in February 2014 as “Bounty”, Periscope was funded nearly $1.5 million in its early stages.2https://www.producthunt.com/live/kayvon-beykpour Next January rolled around, and less than a year after its start and funding, Periscope was bought by Twitter. The potential was that strong.
Ever since then the app has had a meteoric rise. According to them, they surpassed 10 millions Periscope accounts in August and is continuously growing. Not only do they have a big following, but nearly “40 years of video is watched per day”.3https://medium.com/@periscope/periscope-by-the-numbers-6b23dc6a1704#.7singfz4g
In short, it’s going to be a big thing for a long time. Here’s how to use it:
This the first screen you’ll see after you log in to the app. From here you can see whoever is broadcasting on the app all across the world. The first time I used it I think I was watching a stream of downtown NYC and then I switched over to a person in Argentina hiking. It’s a crazy experience.
The main part of this app is the broadcast tool. You select the camera tab and it will you take you to this screen which will be showing what your front or back camera is pointing at.
From the audience’s point of view, there is a chat tool which lets the broadcaster and audience communicate.
It’s a simple app, but what it enables its users to do is very powerful and full of potential. It’s already been used in breaking news events, across the globe. While the event was horrific, the app was heavily used during the Paris terrorist attacks by journalists, reporters, and everyday people in the aftermath of what happened. People worldwide, myself included, felt the emotion and chaos on that day through an app on a phone.
With seemingly every app, controversy follows, and Periscope has its issues. People have argued it can be used for inappropriate reasons and can be too surreal. Periscope has showcased a strong force against content not following their policies and it hasn’t grown to be an issue since its birth as an app. The surreal part – that’s up for users to decide.
Either way, Periscope has broken onto the scene in a very short time period and has transformed the way experiences are shared. It will only keep going up from here.
Make sure to follow DTV on Periscope @DTV_Official to watch behind the scenes content, live events, and more!
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A package rolls into Davison High School on a warm September day. The address reads, “Randy Scott, Davison High School”.
Inside the package, and the other packages to come, lies the future of Davison High School’s television station.
The Broadcast Pix Granite Switcher is the key piece to the re-invention of DTV in this new school year. The switcher runs the show when we’re live. It controls how we present ourselves on-air during live events. Not only that, but soon it will be the main center for all of our graphics as well. With that said, it is without a doubt the most important piece!
Another key piece to our live event broadcasts is the brand new cameras we got. The Sony PXW-X320 XDCAM’s are top-notch cameras that DTV will be using for big events such as football games and live concerts at DHS. These changes mean DTV can finally move from analog to Digital, and now we can shoot and edit all videos in High Definition.
The newest addition to our upgrade is our new audio board, the Soundcraft LX7ii. Not only will our video look good, it will sound great. This board allows us to preview our audio without having to put sound out on air.
These upgrades have been 10 years in the making. Everything was paid for by funds raised by the DTV program, Career Tech Education funds, and generous help from the Davison Schools administration.
With all of these changes a new foundation has been created for the DTV program to continue to grow and create great television and educational experiences for years to come.
It’s made local, regional, and national news. DTV was right in the mix since the beginning to cover the worst crisis in Flint in decades.
In this modern world, it’s expected when you turn on the faucet or when you turn the shower handle that clean, usable water will travel through the pipes and flow out.
Instead, families have gotten the opposite. For over a year and a half, families all throughout the city have been lifting their sink handles only to find the water coming out is not only unclean, it’s poisonous. Not to mention they’ve had to pay for this water, with bills skyrocketing.
Through our documentary “Undrinkable”, we cover the entire timeline from where it all started to where Flint is right now, with a new mayor and administration.
Click on the picture up above or here to watch.
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