Students interested in media are working to fill the broadcasting gap at Malone. New opportunities are becoming available in order to better cover sporting events.
Students will get to learn the workload involved with real studio productions while doing live telecasts. One daunting task students may encounter while participating on a live telecast would be learning to recover when making a mistake on camera.
Steve Pustay, broadcast club director, said, “Students will get the chance to participate in a live athletic broadcast, which is good experience for any type of broadcast a student may want to work on later on.”
Pustay said the club will broadcast a number of basketball and volleyball games this year, so students will get ample opportunity to work in different positions if they feel inclined to do so.
Some of the roles involved will be: the director (the one who directs the cameras and commercial breaks), the talent (the ones in front of the camera that everyone will watch), the switcher (the one who changes what camera the streaming broadcasts from), and the camera man (the one who controls what the cameras are filming).
“There is a unique skillset involved with each position,” Pustay said, “but there is something for everybody.”
Pustay encourages any student with any interest in broadcasting or who wants to try something new to participate in the venture.
Pustay said, “If you’re interested, let’s show you what we can do.”
Tom Showen, junior communication arts major, said “The broadcast club provides opportunities for students to practice in front of a smaller audience rather than a large audience.”
Some students may get nervous with the idea of a large audience watching their newsfeed, but this smaller audience is a good chance for them to hone their skills before going in front of a real-world audience.
“If you want to be in news in any way, definitely take advantage of what the club has to offer,” Showen said.
The club will offer training for each position on the broadcast team, so all students are welcome to join.
The venture into sports broadcasting began last year with “Inside the Competition.” Junior communication arts major Seth Byrd and Chaise Gerber, senior communication arts major, discussed current events in sports.
“It focused mostly on the national faces of sports,” Gerber said. “But [we] also talked about Malone sports.”
Each edition was posted on Youtube and thus available for viewing.
Gerber said “Inside the Competition” and the broadcast club are excited to expand the operation.
“We’re going to be doing the sports show as well as a podcast this year, so there’s a lot of new projects on the horizon,” Gerber said. “There is a lot of time commitment to this, but it is totally worth it.”
Joshua Myers is a staff writer for The Aviso