27 Jun Game Journalism get Spring Series experience
Throughout the Spring Series, students from SGS College delivered a live stream for three of Bristol City’s Spring Series fixtures.
This enabled those supporters unable to make it to the game, a chance to watch it and it also gave the students a chance to hone their skills ready for when they venture into the working world or begin their university studies.
The three fixtures were: Manchester City Women, Liverpool Ladies and Arsenal Ladies.
This week, we caught up with Yusseuf a student at the College who discussed the value of getting hands on experience on a match day.
Yusseuf is studying Game Journalism, in his second year under the watchful eye of Steven Mazillius, Rich Weatherson, David McDonnell and David Passmore.
“I am currently in my second year and I have applied to Leeds University but I have deferred the application,” he said.
“Next year I am looking to get some more work experience and also work on the side to save up some money for university. As a child I knew fluent Arabic and I still know a fair bit now, therefore when I eventually graduate I would love to be a translator for a news crew.”
Yusseuf helped deliver the stream for the Manchester City Women and Arsenal Ladies fixtures.
“For the Manchester City fixture I did the vision mixing and for the Arsenal fixture I was on close-up shots and camera operation,” he added.
“It was a really fun experience, our teachers are always on hand to help us at a seconds notice. I think it is vital for us to do this sort of thing as it maintains our camera operating skills, the academic side is important but practical skills are also important.”
Currently finishing off his final piece of work before submission, Yusseuf explains the tasks involved in each job.
He said “When I was vision mixing, I was using software to choose between shots. I would be taking to the cameraman and telling them to prepare to go to shot or to tell them to move onto a certain player.”
“Against Arsenal I was operating the camera for the stream, it’s often the case you have a good shot and the focus is elsewhere but that is the nature of the role. You have to maintain concentration for the entirety of the game so when it is your turn you have the best angle you can get.”
The second year student feels the relationship between the college and City Women is crucial in the further development of students and benefits both parties greatly.
“It is definitely something that should continue.
“For the club it gives them a resource which they don’t currently have and for us, it enables us hands on experience in professional sport which is very unique.”