Armand Larive Middle School
The story behind ALTV
Armand Larive [LAR-vee] Television (ALTV) is the student-produced video program of Armand Larive Middle School (ALMS) in Hermiston, Oregon. ALTV is open to all eligible 7th and 8th graders. As a prerequisite, students must complete a nine-week course on video news production. Eligibility thereafter is based on a history of trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, and citizenship. No auditions are required.
ALTV produces three programs:
-- ALTV News (about once per month)
-- Morning announcements (daily)
-- Livestreaming of school and community events
The original ALTV began in 1997 under the direction of school counselor Andy Bowers. Using primitive equipment, the show aired brief live announcements every Friday on a closed circuit television system. Shortly after Mr. Bowers' departure in 2010, the equipment failed, and the show was suspended. No recordings of the original show are known to exist.
In 2012 the show returned as a class elective in a completely revamped format. With 30 students, one camera, and one microphone, the new ALTV premiered on January 30, 2012, making its worldwide debut on SchoolTube. These weekly shows were primarily a mixture of school announcements, news stories, and 'skits.'
In January 2013, ALTV joined ESE Networks (formerly U.S. Education TV) and became an affiliate of the Student Television Network (STN). In March 2013, ALMS was recognized as Best Middle School with a $5,000 award from ESE Networks. This award money was used to upgrade equipment to prepare for livestreaming. ALTV's first live program over the internet took place on May 28, 2013.
In late 2013, skits were phased out and a greater emphasis was placed on news and storytelling. Eventually, 'ALTV' became 'ALTV News,' and the school announcements were moved to the new 'Morning Announcements' program. In addition, ALTV began to livestream home athletic events, including a few high school games. Today, ALTV livestreams more than 30 events or 30 hours of programming per year.
In September 2016, ALTV received the bronze medal in STN's Craft Achievement Contest. In March 2017, 12 ALTV students attended the STN Convention in Anaheim, California, receiving second honorable mention in the Anchor Team Contest. This was the second time ALTV had participated in the convention since joining STN in 2013.
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