Joplin Schools launched JET14 (Joplin Eagles Television) on March 1, 2005. The district received a Funds for Improvement in Education Grant from the Department of Education to purchase over $180,000 worth of industry-standard television equipment for students to use in operating the station. In addition, Cable One offered the district one of its cable channels to use to broadcast the station.
The district constructed a 1,300 square-foot building that served as the studio. This studio was connected to the Timothy T. Reynolds Multimedia Center, built in 1997 through fundraising efforts of the Joplin Schools Foundation and located on the Joplin High School campus. That facility, including the JET14 studio, was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. A temporary JET14 studio is located at the JHS 11-12 Campus at Northpark Mall. A new studio is under construction as part of the new Joplin High School / Franklin Technology Center tentatively scheduled to open in August 2014.
Joplin Schools has a long history of broadcasting student-produced programming and live Board of Education meetings to the community.
Joplin Schools currently offers five periods per day in Television Production and one Sports Broadcasting class and has a waiting list of students who wish to enter the program.