For the third year in a row, students and faculty from Full Sail’s Show Production program provided audio visual support for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) convention. The event, which ran from June 14-June 17, featured communication and media professionals representing collegiate athletics programs from around the country.
Under the supervision of Audio and Visual Technology Course Director Corey Jacobs, students ran multiple cameras and handled switching and directing duties for the event. Switching equipment was provided by NewTek, a corporate partner of the convention, and interfaced with cameras from Full Sail. Students also live streamed and archived key presentations.
“It’s a really practical experience for our students,” said Show Production Program Director Mark Johnson. “The Audio and Visual Technology class covers both ends of the spectrum—corporate presentations and sports broadcasting—so it’s serendipitous because our students are interfacing with both sides.”
Barb Kowal, CoSIDA’s Director of External Affairs said, “CoSIDA’s primary mission is to assist communications and public relations professionals with professional development and continuing education, helping its members deal in a strategic and effective manner with the various issues, challenges, and opportunities that exist within the fast-paced and ever-changing collegiate communications environment. In turn, we believe it is important to extend opportunities to others for professional development, and the immersive learning and live-training opportunities for Full Sail students demonstrates that.”
Adds Mark, “Many of our graduates go on to work in the meeting and convention industry, which is a huge market. Not only does this opportunity provide production experience in that field, it also teaches our students about professionalism, and how to maintain composure when they’re in close proximity to industry heavyweights.”
For a closer look at Show Production student in action, check out the gallery below.