TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2018 /CNW/ - A team of multimedia sports journalism students from Centennial College's post-grad program will be lending their talents to coverage of an international track and field meet at Varsity Stadium from August 10 to 12.
NACAC 2018 brings world-class athletes from 28 counties across North America, the Caribbean and Central America to Toronto. Among the expected performers are Canada's Aaron Brown (200m and 400m relay), Jamaica's Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce (two-time 100m Olympic champion), plus medalists Sherika Jackson, Christine Day and Fitzroy Dunkley, and U.S. star Kendra Harrison, the 100m world-record holder.
Centennial's School of Media, Communications, Arts and Design is dispatching 23 students to cover the event with three broadcast programs, plus social media and stories for TorontoObserver.ca. There will be two different versions of a pre-event show on Aug. 9, plus a wrap-up presentation on Aug. 15. Students will fulfill all roles from producers to reporters, on-air talent, and technical editing and support.
"Our program has dedicated itself to experiential learning since it began 10 years ago," says coordinator Malcolm Kelly, who founded the program and has run it since 2009. "Putting students into a situation where they cover a real event speeds up the learning process and increases their confidence."
Centennial's sports journalism students have reported from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, and baseball spring training in Florida in the recent past.
Debbi Wilkes, herself an Olympic medalist and a 40-year journalist, heads up the NACAC coverage as the program's summer coordinator. Bob Torrens, former Sportsnet and Fight Network producer, handles the broadcast instructing.
"It's inspiring to watch as our students discover and develop all the skills it takes to compete in today's world of sport journalism," says Wilkes. "And for them to have the opportunity to report on top-notch events and international athletes makes the experience that much richer!"
Centennial's unique Sports Journalism post-graduate program is an intense year of study that immerses students in the fast-paced sports media. Centennial attracts some of the best sports media practitioners to teach courses and lectures in the comprehensive program.
SOURCE Centennial College
For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000 ext. 7142, mobile 416-605-6012, [email protected]