Stories like this make me shake my head. A public school in Detroit had a couple professional video studios built, about 10 years ago, outfitted with high-end cameras, switchers, lighting grids, and more. However, it seems that they forgot to build a curriculum to teach students how to use it. In this local news report, reporters and commnity members are again asking questions as to why no students have been allowed to use it, ever.
Having come up in a public education system, like many other American students, I think it's (unfortunately) easy to see how something like this was able to happen, but it blows me away that the studio went basically unused for so long.
All of the red tape and bureaucratic nonsense that can get in the way, along with funding, has seemingly manifested in the negligence of these video facilities. The fact that a school in the public system (potentially) had these studios at their disposal is nothing short of awesome– I paid thousands of dollars to go to a broadcasting school that had video studios (right around the time this one was being built!) and I appreciated all of the training and experience I got on that equipment. It's a huge missed opportunity for the students, as well as the school, to have done great things.
After 10 years, the equipment that was once cutting-edge is of course going to be dated. That's par for the course when it comes to educational facilities and technology, but for a while it would have been current tech, and it wouldn't need to be calibrated and set up now.
According to the report, now that this story has gotten out and people are asking questions, things are starting to get done and at least one of the two studios is nearly operational.