The Groveton Eighth Grade Newspaper class took a field trip on May 14. The students took the opportunity to get first- hand knowledge of the skills necessary to work with different types of media.
The day started off with a stop at The Lufkin Daily News offices where students saw a linotype machine, which is an old fashioned printing press, however; the tour was cancelled due to unavailability of anyone to conduct the tour. The students filled in time before the next stop by visiting Standpipe Coffee shop and taking an impromptu tour of downtown Lufkin.
After leaving Standpipe, the students went to Yates Broadcasting for a tour of the radio station.
They learned some of the history of Yates Broadcasting and got to see the five stations that broadcast from there, as well as where sports broadcasts are made. The students were 'on the air' with Ty for the Swap Shop segment.
After lunch at Logan's Roadhouse, the students had a tour of KTRE television. They got to visit the studio where news broadcast are made and the command center which controls lighting, timing, volume – basically the 'brains' of the operation.
Students ended the day with a treat at Marble Slab. Everyone had a great time as well as an educational one. The students commented that "We got to be on the Radio (and we got to miss school)."