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Media Release

March 13 2007

All the news from the World Police and Fire Games, brought to you by… students

Students at a trial interview in the lead up to the games More than 40 UniSA students are set to try their hands as working reporters and camera crew at the 2007 World Police and Fire Games this week.

Film and video production and journalism students from UniSA will join forces with students from TAFE SA to produce TV news stories for broadcast at the international event - which boasts competitor numbers greater than those of the Commonwealth Games.

News reports produced by the students will be shown on the big screen in the games village nightly from March 18-24 and on community TV station C31 Adelaide.

In preliminary displays last week, fire fighters from the SA Metropolitan Fire Service treated the student news teams to a sneak peek of games events such as indoor rowing, the competitive bench-press and stair racing.

Third year UniSA student Kirsty Bennett says reporting from the games will be a welcome challenge, giving her the chance to employ the skills she’s learned studying journalism.

"Our practice run has been great because it’s opened my eyes to all the points to remember when reporting, especially for TV, like speaking slowly and asking the right questions. It's also really important to make sure that the whole news crew is getting along well and working together as a team," she said.

General Manager of the games, Bob Ormston says he is delighted to have UniSA and TAFE SA students involved in the media management of the event.

“We do everything we can to encourage young people to fulfil their potential so we’re showing strong support for this project,” Ormston said. “It is a very important opportunity for them to hone their skills.”

Project coordinator for Games TV and UniSA lecturer in film and TV, Dwayne Blee says students from both multimedia and journalism backgrounds will be working together to provide daily coverage of the event.

“For most of them, this will be the first time they’ve worked on such an all-encompassing project,” he said.

“It will give the students a much clearer understanding of what it is going to be like for them in the workforce – the deadlines, the limitations, the excitement, the importance of teamwork, and all the other pressures and pleasures of working in news media.”

Bennett says she had not realised the magnitude of the World Police and Fire Games but was grateful of the chance to get hands-on experience as part of a news team.

“We didn’t realise how big the event was, but it promises to be great experience. I think being thrown in at the deep end will be very much what we can expect when we graduate and get a job in media, so we can only benefit from a taste of that now,” Bennett said.

“We are working with experienced reporters from industry on this project and you can’t buy that kind of knowledge. We’re really excited to be part of it all – I think we’ll learn a lot.”

The World Police and Fire Games brings together competitors from around the world in 79 events run across 10 full days of competition. The opening ceremony launches the event on March 16, with the Athlete’s Parade, fireworks and live music.

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