Student livestreamers earn awards in sports broadcasting

Student livestreamers earn awards in sports broadcasting

Sophie Hillmeyer

A group of students traveled to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) convention, The Great Lakes Media Show, in Lansing after earning awards for sports broadcasting.

Three students, Todd Rose, senior communications and performance studies major; Sarah Jepson, junior multimedia production major and Max Stevens, sophomore media production major, along with Communications and Performance Studies Professor, Dwight Brady.

The students’ place-winning submission was created in conjunction with the BC310, sports and special events broadcasting, a class taught by Brady, with a goal to give students experience in live production, Rose said. The students did live streams of football and basketball games for viewers to watch online and at the end of the course, Brady compiled some of the content and submitted it to the MAB, Rose said.

“It was a great class,” Rose said. “It was a lot of fun.”

The convention was held during spring break on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center and the students traveled down on March 6 for workshops, a talk with keynote speaker Lara Logan of 60-Minutes and the award ceremony.

The students earned second place in the College Television Sports Announcing Team category for an NMU v. Ferris State University football game and honorable mention in the same category for an NMU v. University Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball game.

“It is pretty cool since they only give out three places and we took two of the three,” Rose said. “We were only beat by Michigan State and if we’re gonna lose to anybody, MSU is a good one.”

Rose added that it was very well attended because it was open to more than just university students and there were high school students and area professionals taking part as well.

In addition to the group awards, Jepson was awarded a $1,000 Michigan Association of Broadcasting scholarship and was one of 30 scholarships awarded to Michigan students coming from a variety of schools.

The convention also held a job fair featuring many news stations from around the state and other broadcasting employers and provided a good opportunity to network and meet professionals, Rose said.

“I feel like it absolutely was beneficial to attend and will look great on my resume,” Rose said.