Six CCM students hopped in a van to Bristol, CT on December 1 for a day-long visit at ESPN, accompanied by Broadcast & Streaming Media faculty Keith Oppenheim, Career Services Advisor Kerry Hill, Director of Alumni Relations Hannah Campbell, and Program Director Nancy Kerr. This trip was a follow-up to ESPN’s Creative Services staff visit to Champlain College in October.
Among the students who participated in the ESPN tour were three Broadcast & Streaming Media majors (Tyler Bradley, Rhea Hayes, and Alex Schlater), two Creative Media majors (Michael Hamilton and Jackson Balling), and one Communication major (Chelsea Rublee).
“This is the part of the network that makes thousands upon thousands of graphics, creates animation, provides music and serves all of the shows and platforms. Here, we saw how graphic design drives the look and content of ESPN’s programming on television and online,” said Oppenheim.
The group met with ESPN staff who showed them their work and explained the complexity behind its production. They learned how ESPN technical staff, driven by statistics and on-screen information, prepare graphics and images instantaneously to air on multiple platforms.
After lunch, the CCM visitors separated into smaller groups, according to areas of interest. Some learned about ESPN’s music production for programming, some spent time with editors in post-production, and others visited the animation facilities and learned about studio production.
At the end of the trip, they gathered as a full group once again for a tour with Jon Little, a former student of Oppenheim (at Grand Valley State University) who now works at ESPN, They visited ESPN radio, newsroom, and several state-of-the-art studios.
On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff who participated in the ESPN tour, the CCM Division would like to thank the entire ESPN staff for being exceptionally generous with their time.