UWS students receive a unique insight into live event production

Students at UWS received a unique insight into live event production by one of the world’s leading sport channels when they travelled to the St Mirren on Saturday.

Sports Journalism and Broadcast Production undergraduates were invited to St Mirren Football Club on Saturday for a behind-the-scenes tour from Sky Sports, during the preparation for the SPFL match against Celtic.

The experience not only gave the students the chance to see the preparation for a live broadcast inside the stadium in Paisley, but they also spent time inside Sky’s Outside Broadcast facility, where directors, sound engineers and teams of graphic and video producers are all based during game time.

Sports Journalism student, Peter Owen said: “Saturday’s visit to St Mirren Park was a fantastic opportunity for us to take a look at various parts that make up a live broadcast – from producers to sound mixers and statisticians – it provided us with a chance to ask those in the industry about their career paths.”

The experience has given the two programmes – which have a number of production collaborations under their belt and several in the pipeline – a chance to see what it takes to produce live sports broadcasts for themselves.

Sports Journalism student Andrew Winn said: “It is great to hear that the University and St Mirren have formed a strong partnership and visiting on Saturday was ideal for us as students to get a stronger idea about the relationship.”

Broadcast Production student, Laura Campbell added: “I found it particularly intriguing being able to talk to the crew inside the production van to get their insight on their roles and how they got to where they are today.”

Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism Elizabeth McLaughlin thanked St Mirren’s Chief Executive Brian Caldwell for setting up the session and Sky’s Paul McKenna for giving up his time to talk the students through the processes of live broadcasting.

She added: “Speaking with professionals in the field enhances what we do in the classroom and there is nothing better to inspire the students… it was a fantastic experience.”

Written by Honours year Sports Journalism student Andrew Winn

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