Mount Clemens High School senior Ashley Nelson received a first-place award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for her coverage of the 2018 Daughters of Macomb event for the “Bath City Beat.”

Mount Clemens High School senior Ashley Nelson received a first-place award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for her coverage of the 2018 Daughters of Macomb event for the “Bath City Beat.”

Photo provided by Patrick Linabury


Local broadcasting students honored for work

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 1, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Those residing in Mount Clemens are familiar with the “Bath City Beat.”

The program, run by students and instructors at Mount Clemens High School, has brought to local viewers news and feature stories focusing on the people and places that call the county seat home, along with coverage of regular Mount Clemens City Commission and Mount Clemens Board of Education meetings.

And their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

According to instructor and “Bath City Beat” senior producer Patrick Linabury, since the program launched in July 2001, “Bath City Beat” reporters have placed in the top three of the Student Broadcast Awards seven times.

The most recent honoree is senior reporter Ashley Nelson, who was given a first-place award in the current events category for her coverage of the 15th annual Daughters of Macomb gathering that took place last summer.

“I went with boss (show producer) Darin (Roberts); he filmed everything, and I followed him and learned a lot of new stuff,” said Nelson, a 17-year-old Mount Clemens High School senior. “I was able to interview two members and learned a lot about who they are and the event.”

Nelson also received an honorable mention in the news feature category for a story she did on the Macomb Food Program.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Student Broadcast Award winners were announced Jan. 25.

Other “Bath City Beat” winners included senior reporter Shayne Thomas, who received an honorable mention in the current events category for his coverage of former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual luncheon at MacRay Harbor, and junior reporter Angel Delich received an honorable mention in the documentary category for her story on Manufacturing Day at Fori Automation through the Frederick V. Pankow Center.

Linabury said the birth of the “Bath City Beat” was the end result of several local collaborative programs attempted over the years, many involving high school students, college interns and adult volunteers.

“There are two classes offered to high school students: Bather Babble, which is our morning announcement program, and Photoshop or Digital Imaging,” Linabury said. “Through these classes and through staff recommendations, we hire students to work at the station. We typically have three to four reporters on staff who work two hours a day after school.”

In addition to the reporters, one student camera operator and one student sound board operator work as production crew members for the City Commission and school board meetings.

Linabury said “Bath City Beat” staff members traditionally produce a 30-minute program every two weeks, and story subjects range from government services to educational opportunities to nonprofit efforts.

This is Nelson’s first school year as a senior reporter. She has enjoyed editing and production work in past years.

“The Daughters of Macomb was my third story, followed by the Macomb Food Program story,” said Nelson, who is also involved in the school’s chess and gaming clubs. “I also covered the student exhibit at the (Anton) Art Center.

“It’s something I very much enjoy,” she said of reporting. “While I’m completely comfortable in front of the camera — I also have my own YouTube station — I do like the editing part.”

Nelson’s plans after high school?

“I’m planning on going into production for movies,” she said.

The “Bath City Beat” can be seen in Mount Clemens daily at 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Comcast Channel 5, WOW Channel 10 and AT&T Channel 99, and through public access channels. Videos are also available at YouTube.com/mcnbcb.

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