A growing number of high schools in the Pittsburgh area have television studios where students write, record, anchor and produce sophisticated news shows for their schools and local cable broadcasts, doing so under the same deadline pressure as their adult counterparts. Some participate as part of class assignments; for others, it's an extracurricular activity. "It is a culminating assessment of many of the skills that we teach in the classroom and a real-life way of showing what you've learned," one superintendent said.

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