Over the course of Fall 2016, 28 students from MDIA, JOUR, EM and other areas of concentration participated in EM 2090, a sports production class focusing on the theory, evolution and practice of sports production. The class met once a week with lab time scheduled for the broadcasts. Students gained valuable experience in remote multi-camera production televising 14 Ohio University Sports events including Women’s Volleyball, Men and Women’s Basketball and Men’s Wrestling. Student positions included producing, on-air talent (volleyball & wrestling) technical directing, replay, graphics, audio and audio assist, cameras, utilities, stage managing, and time out coordinator.
The ESPN3 project is a collaboration between the OHIO Athletic Department, Ohio University Southern Electronic Media, the School of Media Arts & Studies and E.W. Scrips School of Journalism at Ohio University. Associate Professor Don Moore, Assistant Athletic Director for Video Productions Jason Chiappino, and visiting professor Tom Edwards an OU Alum who has 47 years working in live television and sports production spearheaded the effort.
“They did an outstanding job. Our goal was to integrate production theory into a real-world application, in doing so student’s would gain valuable experience,” said Moore. “The knowledge, teamwork, discipline and techniques learned with the ESPN3 project places these students in a unique position for the challenging sport and media career path.”
“Considering they came into the class with little or no television experience and basically no sports experience and you would have told me 11 weeks ago these students would be producing the kind of projects that we are doing with the quality we are doing it in I just wouldn’t have believed it,” said Tom Edwards.
The EM 2090 Special Topics in Sports Production will be offered again during the Spring Semester, meeting 5:30PM each Monday night in the Convocation Center. Eighteen more ESPN3 productions are schedule.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
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