Samford-student-running-cameraThis year, five Samford University football home games were broadcast live on ESPN3 thanks to a groundbreaking partnership that joins Samford staff, journalism and mass communication (JMC) students and local broadcast professionals.

Samford is only the second school in the nation to develop in-house production for an ESPN3 broadcast. “We produce it all on our own with students, faculty and some freelancers and then send it to ESPN3 where they broadcast it,” said camera operator Eric Biancalana, a junior JMC major.

espn3logoCreating a live production that will be broadcast to more than 75 million homes is no easy task, and it takes a lot of work to make it happen. Eleven students, most of them journalism and mass communication majors, help make the productions happen.

ESPN3 sideline reporter Caroline Saunders, a senior JMC major from Lakeland, Fla., starts preparing for the game multiple days in advance. “I spend at least four hours each week looking over game notes and interviewing different players in order to figure out what I want to talk about that week,” Saunders said.

Generally, each member of the production team has a set position for the season, but this may vary, giving students experience working in multiple positions. Read more.