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Boot Camp 2011

Future electronic media production majors got a head-start on their education this summer by attending TeleProductions’ Live Sports Production Boot Camp.

“The camp was more than I expected. We had three days and didn’t stop during the entire three days.  We actually got to do stuff; we didn’t just sit around and talk about it,” Nathan Cornelius, a student from Brookside High School.  

The Kent State Sports Network (KSSN), the sports production branch of TeleProductions, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) held the boot camp in June to train high school students how to produce live-action sporting events. The program taught participants set-up procedures, directing, camera techniques, instant replay, graphics, and more.

“They learned every single position that is needed to produce a live sports production,” said Jeff Bentley, executive producer of KSSN.     

Bentley ran the camp along with TeleProductions’ Producer/Director Tracy Baughman. Current TeleProductions students were also on-hand throughout the camp. They assisted the nine high school participants with equipment use and answered questions about video production and Kent State. 

“It’s important to teach students skills before they get to college so they will be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities we offer when they get here,” Baughman said. 

Participants produced live-game video from the KSU Women’s Basketball camp. It gave the boot campers real-life experience of what it’s like to produce live sporting events, which is what many TeleProductions students do during the school year. 

The participants liked being shown what to do on the equipment and being able to use the equipment right after. They also liked having current students around to show them what to do.

“It was cool because the students were in our shoes a couple years ago,” Christian, another high school student, said.    

The program had a large turnout from high schools around Northeast Ohio. KSSN and TeleProductions hope to continue the camp next summer.

“I think it gives our program visibility and credibility. It’s definitely a unique experience for these students to be able to come and learn how to use a production truck,” Bentley said.

For more information, contact Jeff Bentley at jtbentle@kent.edu.