James Rada, Jr.
Whether it’s the Weis Pharmacy robbery, the rebuilding of Roddy Creek Covered Bridge, or the deterioration of the Creeger House, they have all caught the attention of Thurmont’s newest newsman, Warren Schaefer.
Warren brings a new perspective to local news: a kid’s perspective. The Thurmont Elementary School third-grader has started a YouTube channel called Thurmont News – a kid’s perspective. The first episode was posted on January 23 and a second episode was posted on February 6, with more on the way.
“After the first one, I had a giant positive response,” Warren said.
The idea for Thurmont News was born out of Warren’s early efforts of filming himself broadcasting weather reports whenever a major weather event hit the area, according to Warren’s father, Steve Schaefer.
Warren wants to be a news reporter, so this was a natural extension of that idea.
Warren comes up with the stories that he wants to write about and then researches them using newspaper and online resources.
“I also ask the mayor (John Kinnaird) if anything is going on,” Warren said.
Warren then goes out with his father to take pictures and interview people. Once he has all of his information, he writes the script, which he said is “pretty hard.” His parents then review it to tighten it up and make sure it reads well.
Then it’s into the spare bedroom in his house, which has been set up as a studio. Steve Schaefer films Warren reading his script until they are satisfied with the result. Steve then edits in photos and the beginning credits.
“It is fun and challenging,” said Warren. “Sometimes we have to film takes over and over, and it gets frustrating.”
“I love being able to work with him and help him explore his passion and ideas,” expressed Steve.
The response to Thurmont News – a kid’s perspective has not only encouraged Warren to continue, but he has expansion plans. He announced in his second episode that his next episode will have a new segment called “Have You Noticed.” Warren plans on going out and finding things in town that adults tend not to notice. He may also expand the length of the shows, which are under five minutes currently.
“I’d like to have my friends on as guest stars and do the weather,” Warren said.
You can find his program by searching for Thurmont News – a kid’s perspective on YouTube.com or visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdP0UKlNcmN4f2-PaGW7INA/videos.
Young broadcaster, Warren Schaefer, is shown in his home studio.