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Remote Video Production Training

Telecom students start their training the week before school starts in order to prepare for the first televised football game in early September.

Telecom students record an interview at the practice game.
Photos by Jazzmyn Reid

Students enrolled in Telecom's television production classes can attend Remote Production Training for a crash course in broadcasting a live event from NNPS-TV's remote production truck. They are then hired for a particular position to work on the production of the game for TV. NNPS-TV (Cox Channel 47 and Verizon FiOS Channel 17) broadcasts five games live from Todd Stadium, and the students play important roles in those telecasts.

Remote Video Production Training generally consists of four days of training at the Telecommunications Center and in the remote video production truck.  The last day is a production practice game at Todd Stadium.

Students apply for the various positions available for a particular production.  Hiring for remote production positions is based on participation in the training sessions, auditions, job performance and work ethic.

As many as 15 students are employed for football and basketball games.  Crew positions include:  Camera Operator, Technical Director, Character Generator, VTR/ DDR Operator (Replay), Audio Operator, ENG Editor, Reporter, Announcer and Assistant Producer.

Besides football games, remote TV productions include basketball games, awards ceremonies, and all five high school graduation ceremonies.

Telecommunications Supervisor Ray Price and the Telecom instructor run the training, giving tours of the building and the production truck, showing football video clips, demonstrating how to properly roll audio and camera cables, plus giving specific training on the equipment used in the crew positions previously mentioned.

NNPS-TV sports announcer and "Sports Highlights" host Greg Bicouvaris helps train on-air talent (announcers and reporters).

Telecom students who participate in remote productions receive an hourly wage for their work, which sometimes involves long hours and always requires competency on the equipment, a little bit of stress, and a dose of physical labor (think setup and "strike," which is taking down the equipment).

The Telecom students probably think earning money is the best part of the week, but getting a head start on course requirements and acquiring real-life job skills also make starting school a little early worth it.

Practice game

crew   instruction
Mr. Hickman   Camera Operator

Camera Operator

  Camera Operator
Cables   Camera Operator

Camera stands