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NNPS-TV crew
The NNPS-TV crew poses outside the TV truck before the "practice" football game.
Photos by Beth Scott

Telecom students who are interested in working on the NNPS-TV remote video crew during the year received a crash course in shooting a football game on Friday, September 7, when Warwick High took on Hampton High.

Every year, students who are enrolled in TV-I or TV-II are invited to attend Remote Video Production Training at the Telecommunications Center the week before school starts. They get hands-on and classroom training to prepare them to cover the games that will air on NNPS-TV Cox Channel 47 and Verizon FiOS Channel 17, on Roku and Apple TV via the live webstream, and online at nnpstv.com.

The games are broadcast live on TV and also are replayed. Three games will air on NNPS-TV this year.

Producing football games provides a great opportunity for TV production students to learn from professionals.

Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr. lead the students in the production. Bill Barlow, who has 50-plus years in the TV and video production industry, is the Director of the NNPS high school football broadcasts. Greg Bicouvaris is NNPS-TV's longstanding Sports Announcer.

Working a football game and using the remote video production truck gives the students great experience, since there is so much to capture and report on during a game. The students record the sports action, marching band performances, and interviews with coaches and administrators. They learn how to control the audio, switch from camera to camera, and create the computer graphics. They learn how to take direction and work together as a team, and also experience the pressure and excitement of a live broadcast.

Telecom students apply for crew positions throughout the year, covering football games, basketball games, awards ceremonies, and all six high school graduation ceremonies at the end of the year. The students are paid minimum wage when they work on a production.

Hiring for remote production positions is based on participation in the training sessions, auditions, job performance, and work ethic. Crew positions include:  Camera Operators, Technical Director, Character Generator, VTR/ DDR Operator (Replay), Audio Operator, ENG Editor, Reporter, Announcer and Assistant Producer.

Practice football game:

students mount camera crew sets up camera
Telecom students mount the camera on the tripod. The crew sets up the camera in the stands.
posing in the press box setting up audio
Telecom students "work" in the press box. A Telecom crew member sets up the press box.
student working Technical Director in truck
A Telecom student gets the audio equipment ready. The student Technical Director works in the TV truck.