September 25, 2009
When ESPN and ABC-TV crews broadcast the Sept. 26-27 NASCAR races in Dover, five DSU mass communication majors will be assisting them in televising both races to worldwide audiences.
The five television production students – Anthony Edwards, John Haynesworth, Salihah Wilson, Kevin Davis and Nicole Brown – will work as production assistants for both networks. They will be doing everything from helping with monitors, transporting equipment and anything else is needed.
“It gives us real world experience on how a live production is done,” said Kevin Davis, a junior who has also been selected to work as a production intern for NBC-TV at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
The opportunities to work with the major networks at this year’s NASCAR races in Dover were facilitated by Vince “Chelli” Ciammaichelli, broadcast studio manager/instructor. “A lot of my efforts are geared to get my students in the broadcast arena,” Mr. Ciammaichelli said. “Anytime I can get the students out of the classroom and into the studio or the field with the broadcast professionals, it is great for their overall experience and growth.”
John Haynesworth, a senior mass communication major, said Mr. Chelli’s efforts are appreciated. “Opportunities like this allow us to see what goes on behind that scenes and gives us a better outlook on what we want to do,” he said. “It allows use to see and be a part of the professionalism that is involved.”