On a large-screen TV monitor inside the Discovery Channel headquarters, two students from Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa., are describing their school's student-run video production, Parkland Morning News (PMN). As Doug Waters, technical director for the student-run news program, and Erik Archibald, the show's director, describe how Parkland students produce a lead story to accompany the reading of announcements during homeroom each morning, behind-the-scenes footage from the PMN studio are interwoven seamlessly with shots of Archibald and Waters being interviewed on camera.

No, this isn't a documentary produced by Discovery Channel executives--though, judging by the video's high quality, it very...

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