In the middle of taping a Thursday newscast, the students in video production program at the

Waynesville Career Center had a big problem.

The computer system temporarily crashed, taking with it at least an hour's worth of Tiger

TV taping. Teenage outcries ensued.

"Mr. Wallace, we lost it — the whole show," a student exclaimed to her teacher.

Tim Wallace, video production teacher at Waynesville Career Center, remained calm

and simply hopped onto a computer and recovered the recorded content within a few

short minutes. Students stopped banging their heads against the wall and smacking their

foreheads and got back to work.

Once again, Wallace maintained newsroom morale before taking a step back into

classroom anonymity.

"My role is their producer. I look over their content and approve story ideas. All content

goes through me," Wallace said. "The students handle the writing, shooting, producing,

etcetera."

Brenna Pool, a senior at Waynesville High School and a Video Production II student,

enjoys the class for the real-world journalism experience.

"Mr. Wallace really lets us do what we want to within reason. He treats us like we're a

company," Pool said. "We're his employees and he is the employer. We treat each other

with that kind of respect. It's not a real teacher-student relationship. It's more technical-

based and career oriented."

Wallace's video production class writes, produces, edits, and creates graphics for Tiger

TV, a local newscast. They also broadcast live Waynesville and St. Robert city council

meetings, Waynesville R-VI School Board meetings, and several Waynesville High

School sports events live.

Each student in the class participates in roughly two live broadcasts per semester.

"It's a lot of pressure," Pool said. "You learn that things go wrong all the time, but

you've got to have a back–up plan. You plan for everything, just in case.

"You really learn how to do impromptu," she said. "You learn to deal with the pressure

and move on. You can't just give up. You have to keep going and try your best.

Something is better than nothing; that's what we're taught. It might not be perfect but at least it's something."

Unlike most high school news programs, Tiger TV broadcasts live online on its Youtube

channel.

"We initially started doing this as a service for deployed family members, but it is also

a great option for viewers who do not have cable TV," said Wallace.

The class also competes in Skills USA, a competition for career and technical education

with high school students where students use their video skill sets and compete with other

students in Missouri.

"The most fun part of the class is preparing for and competing in Skills USA," Pool said. "Last year

was the first year we did a broadcast news production contest and we had so much fun."

Pool's team placed second in the state-wide competition a year ago. Waynesville students

medaled in all three events including second in short film, second in broadcast news, and

third in video production.

"I was very proud of how we did last year and I'm excited to see what we will do [this]

year," Wallace said.

Be sure to catch Tiger TV on Channel 12 every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:35

a.m. to 12:05 p.m. To catch some of their previously featured stories, segments,

and promotions, go to their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/

WaynesvilleR6.