2010 TV opportunity for youth

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Wilma den Hartigh

The 2010 Fifa World Cup offers many obvious benefits for tourism and the economy, but now the global football extravaganza will also help anyone interested in a career in television broadcasting to get a foot in the door.

The Visual Impact Academy will be hosting three-day “digital boot camp” courses in conjunction with Africa Soccer Media to equip people with the skills needed to become production, camera and sound recording assistants before the event.

Ashleigh Martyn of Visual Impact Media has encouraged any media and broadcasting students, as well as school leavers who aren’t sure what they would like to study, to enrol for the course. An interest in sport – and football in particular – would also be to their advantage.

Successful students will have the opportunity to register with the Africa Soccer Media Crewing Portal.

“This gives you a platform to advertise your new skills and availability for crewing,” Martyn said.

Furthermore, the top 32 students will be recommended to the 2010 host broadcast service team. Assistants can expect to earn about US$100 (R1 000) a day during the event.

The course has been designed with input from industry specialists experienced in live sporting events. Students will also have the opportunity to work with local and international crews covering the event.

The Visual Impact Academy will be hosting information evenings about the courses in Cape Town on 5 March and Johannesburg on 2 April. Visit www.visuals.tv for more information on how to register.

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