Eight Queensland film and TV students who gained valuable experience on the broadcast team for Rio 2016 will be well qualified by the time the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) come around and they have an opportunity to put their skills to the test again.
A ground breaking training program developed by GC2018 Host Broadcaster NEP and Channel 7 provided an opportunity for the students to gain real life experience in the Sydney-based studios that delivered the sights and sounds from Rio to Australia across TV and digital channels.
NEP and Seven will team up again to broadcast GC2018 to an estimated global audience of 1.5 billion.
Griffith University student Rachel Shapiro was one budding broadcast professional who made the most of her experience on the Rio 2016 broadcast team.
“While in Sydney, I worked as a Media Assistant where I would help manage the media coming through and clip-up parts of the footage to send to editors and producers,” Shapiro said.
“I also spent some time with the Audio Director and the Post Audio Designer. They showed me what they do, and also gave me some tips,” she said.
NEP Head of the Host Broadcasting Training Program, Gerry O’Leary said that to maximise the students’ time in the studio, the NEP program provided the opportunity to experience various roles in the live broadcast production workflow.
“And like any industry, networking is extremely important and this was a prime opportunity for the students to engage with broadcast experts at a high level within a dynamic and cohesive working environment.
“Rachel was one student to make good use of her time in Sydney, creating some great contacts whom she has spoken to since returning to Brisbane,” Ms O’Leary said.
And the experience was one the classroom could never provide fellow Griffith University student Chelsea Lahra.
“Being part of NEP’s Host Broadcast Training Program for the Rio Olympic Games was the most wonderful experience.
“It provided me with so much knowledge and an incredible insight into television broadcasting; definitely something that cannot be taught in a classroom,” Lahra said.
The experience was also an “eye opener” for Gold Coast student Clancy Sinnamon, who saw firsthand the emergence of a new Olympic Games audience through digital streaming.
Around 37 million viewers tuned in to Seven’s Olympic coverage on the 7 website and app.
Additionally, the power of social media drew 45.2 million streams on Facebook, 13.3 million on YouTube, 6.3 million on Twitter and 5 million on Snapchat.
“Having the opportunity to see just how much work went into broadcasting pictures from Rio throughout Australia was a huge eye opener for me.
“I am very grateful to NEP and Seven for this amazing experience,” Sinnamon said.
These changes in production direction and audience viewing provided unprecedented experience for the eight students which will evolve through to GC2018 as digital viewership in Australia grows.
NEP’s Host Broadcast Training Program will extend opportunities to 200 Queensland students in the lead up to and during GC2018.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Manager of Broadcast Operations, Steven Mitchell said he applauds NEP’s initiative to engage the students in real world “on the job” experience.
“This further enhances our requirement for NEP to provide to GOLDOC a focus on local workforce, and to the rights holding broadcasters, world-class coverage.
“It is an opportunity that will once again expose the students to a live multi-sport international broadcast operation that will beam GC2018 events to a global audience in April 2018,” he said.