KCTV Productions is part of the Broadcast Journalism Academy at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Sword

Kennedy's news magazine program is The Sword.  Students work on in-depth pieces that tell unique and interesting stories.  

1/13/23 - VOLUME 3 - EPISODE 6

Opioid use is on the rise.  We speak with a student who talks about his experiences and the dangers.  Students who are a part of Kennedy's ARS program work in a restaurant at school to learn life skills.  A DC radio legend and Kennedy alumni talks about the radio station he started.  And what are you doing for Valentine's Day, Cavaliers?

1/13/23 - VOLUME 3 - EPISODE 5

On this episode of The Sword... a student driven group at Kennedy works to reduce the achievement gap for minorities.  Jephthah meets up with a student who has taken on boxing.  We hear about your unpopular opinions.  And it's time for an all new "What's the Word?"  Shakespeare edition.

12/16/22 - VOLUME 3 - EPISODE 4

On this episode of The Sword... how is social media affecting education?  We take a look at what it takes to be a cheerleader at JFK, a recipe that's been handed down through generations and we visit the Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg.

11/18/22 - VOLUME 3 - EPISODE 3

On this episode of The Sword... It's college application season!  We'll talk with seniors working their way through the process of submitting applications.  We visit with a class at Kennedy where you create with your hands.  And what's on your Fall Hit or Miss List?

10/31/22 - VOLUME 3 - EPISODE 2

On this episode of The Sword... MCPS has completed its two year anitracist audit.  We will hear about the results and suggestions.  Young voters are heading to the ballot box for the first time.  What are their thoughts?  We will have a roundup of what happened at Homecoming.  And it's time for a KCTV pumpkin carving contest.

1/29/22 - VOLUME 3 - EPISODE 1

On the first episode of the year for The Sword, we revisit the March for Our Lives Rally that happened at the end of the school year.  We also check in with students at Kennedy to see what their comfort level is with COVID.  Why are people choosing to wear or not to wear masks?

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If you're interested in learning more about the Broadcast Journalism  Academy at John F. Kennedy High School, contact Mr. Inches at andrew_inches@mcpsmd.org


KCTV Wins THREE Student Production Awards from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of NATAS

October 2022 - Students from the 2021-22 school year received recognition in works produced with KCTV.   Students won in the following categories: two awards for Editing and an award for News Magazine Program for an episode of The Sword!  Congratulations to everyone!  We are very proud of everyone's achievement!

Three Nominations for the All American High School Film Festival

July 2022 - Great news for some KCTV students on some much deserved recognition!  Students earned nominations for the Vlog Life, Tutorial and Broadcast Journalism Sports categories.  Congratulations to everyone who earned this honor!

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