Twenty student activists from Youth United for Change (YUC) protested negative television coverage of the Kensington High School multiplex outside Fox 29’s headquarters on Oct. 1. In response, a Fox spokesperson said they were committed to working with students to produce a positive news story.
Students said they were frustrated with Fox because while the station reported extensively on a fight that occurred outside the school several weeks earlier, it has not covered more positive events there. “When something bad happens, that’s what they want to show,” said junior Dasha Scott from Kensington Creative and Performing Arts.
Students said Fox could cover community clean-ups, fashion shows, and concerts as well as improvements in attendance and graduation rates since Kensington’s conversion to small schools in 2005.
“Kensington has a ‘reputation,’ but the media is enhancing that reputation when it just covers the bad things,” said junior Tyre Thornton from Kensington Business. The students wore red YUC T-shirts, chanted and held signs that said, “Honk your horn for positivity!” and “Up with the positive, down with the negative!!!”
The students also delivered a letter to a Fox executive producer expressing their concerns.
Soon after the protest began, News Director Kingsley Smith appeared and agreed to meet with student representatives. A Fox spokesperson said the station was unaware of students’ concerns until notified by the students just prior to the protest.