In South Louisiana, High School Football is HUGE! With that being the case, we recently had a dilemma in my School District.

We only have two High Schools and both had made it to the second round of the State playoffs. The problem was it’s the Friday before the Thanksgiving break and many of my studentsDupont01 were going out of town. I would be down a few crewmembers and I was thinking how cool it would be to get some of the broadcasting students from the school that was traveling in to play in our stadium.

Well, it just so happens that the school coming in to play Hahnville would be Barbe High School from Lake Charles. Then I remembered that my friend Pam Dixon teaches at the Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning that draws students from Barbe High School. I sent her an email to see if she was interested in doing a joint broadcast and five days later she showed up with four of her broadcasting students.

Her students from the Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning and my students from the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Satellite Center came together, in the spirit of collaboration, to produce a live web broadcast of the Barbe vs Hahnville Playoff Football Game on November 22, 2013. As far as I know, it’s the first time in Louisiana that students from two rival schools collaborated on a broadcast.

Dupont02The students who are also students at Barbe and Hahnville put the on-field rivalries of the game aside. When it comes to a live broadcast, everyone has to be on the same team. If everyone is not on the same page it quickly spins out of control. Fortunately I have some great students who understand what it takes to put on a quality broadcast and embrace the fast-paced environment of a live broadcast and fortunately so does Ms. Dixon.

The Satellite Center's Press Play Productions Team welcomed the guest student broadcasters from the LCB Academy who jumped right in to the production. After quick introductions and a little student-to-student training the LCB Academy students were up and running with graphics, directing, announcing and camera operating.

Satellite Center Press Play Productions announcer Freddie Rosario III also had a first in his career as a play-by-play broadcaster, "It was different hearing a girl's voice calling the game with me. I've had about four different broadcast partners but announcing with a girl was a first for me. “

The students were using the new Press Play Productions video production trailer, which is a joint project by the St. Charles Parish Public School's Public Information Department and theDupont03 ATVB Course at the Satellite Center. The trailer houses state of the art equipment such as the BlackMagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Switcher, NewTek 3Play Replay System, NewTek Tricaster 40 for web streaming, PreSonus Audio Board, and Sony HD Cameras.

After the event Dixon said, "The broadcast collaboration was an exciting opportunity for the students. They got a true feel for what their future careers may be like. The students put their skills to work in a real broadcast, using real world equipment. The teens were in charge. They ran the show, and they delivered. Real experience like this is priceless."

I hope to make this a regular occurrence in the future. I plan on doing a little research before the season starts to see if the teams we play have broadcasting programs and if they do, invite their teacher and a few students to tag along for the broadcast. We just have to remind the young broadcasters to leave the rivalries on the field!

Dupont-HeadshotAlbert Dupont has been the Advanced TV Broadcasting Facilitator (Teacher) at the Satellite Center in Luling, Louisiana since its opening in 2005.  The Satellite Center is a “satellite” facility of Hahnville and Destrehan High Schools.  The schools are a part of the St. Charles Parish Public School System located near New Orleans.

Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Dupont was a news and sports videographer for WVUE-TV in New Orleans for twelve years and news producer at WAFB in Baton Rouge and KATC in Lafayette for five years.  As a sports photographer, Mr. Dupont was a field videographer at the New Orleans Saints games from 1994 to 2009.  He also was a videographer at two Superbowls and numerous college national championship games in a variety of sports. He is an Avid Certified Instructor in Media Composer 5.