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Students train for live broadcasts
Some students enrolled in NNPS-TV's television production classes start learning a bit early in the year.  Remote Video Production Training is held a week before school starts, and yes, it is related to football, that other school-related activity that starts well before the first school day.

Football provides a great opportunity for hands-on learning by TV production students.  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.

And with the first televised game scheduled for September 2, there's no waiting for classes to start to learn how to use the cameras or the controls inside the remote broadcast truck.  So the students get something of a crash course in filming and producing a live sporting event a week before school starts.

Every student enrolled in a television production course at NNPS-TV is invited to attend the training. About 20 students signed up this year.

Remote Video Production Training consists of three days of training at the Telecom building and in the truck.  Students then apply for the various positions available for a particular assignment.  Hiring for remote production positions is based on participation in the training sessions, auditions, job performance and work ethic.

Remote TV productions include football games, basketball games and important events throughout the school year, culminating with all five high school graduations.  As many as 15 students are employed for football and basketball games.  Crew positions include:  Camera Operators, Technical Director, Character Generator, VTR/ DDR Operator (Replay), Audio Operator, ENG Editor, Reporter, Announcer and Assistant Producer. 

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

setting up camera camera laying cable  
     at the truck         cables

NNPS-TV Station Engineer Bryan Catlin guides students through the more technical aspects of the training, educating students who aim to become technicians and engineers.  Catlin spent a number of weeks this summer updating the equipment in the truck.

NNPS-TV sports announcer and "Sports Highlights" host Greg Bicouvaris is on the schedule to train on-air talent (announcers and reporters).  The final day of training includes a 6 p.m. crew call at Todd Stadium for a practice run that goes well past 9 p.m.

Particularly appealing to the students is the fact that working an event as a crew member is a paid gig.  It's considered a paid internship and the students receive an hourly wage. 

The prospect of earning money, getting a head start on course requirements, and acquiring real-life job skills make starting school a little early worth it.

Remote TV Production Truck Job Descriptions