Broadcast Students Report Live from Art Hop

“One of the areas where we want our students to get experience in is live broadcasting,” says Keith Oppenheim, Associate Professor, Broadcast Media Production. “The open streets at Art Hop provide a great opportunity to do that.”

Art Hop is a free annual event held in the South End Arts District of Burlington, Vermont, that draws more than 30,000 people to the area. Pine Street is shut down to all traffic and instead replaced with pedestrians exploring everything there is to offer in the Burlington arts scene. They can view the work of more than 600 artists in 100 locations along Pine Street.

“We use our mobile studio equipment and wireless cameras to produce a two-hour live webcast,” explains Oppenheim. “Students get experience as reporters, producers, directors, videographers, and other technical jobs that go with studio production. And, perhaps more than anything, they learn how to work together. In the end, producing a live broadcast is demanding, frustrating, rewarding—and a lot of fun! For me, it’s gratifying to see about 25 of our students in Broadcast Media and other majors come together and pull off a live show.”

Students in the Division of Communication and Creative Media gathered on Pine Street on Friday, September 6 for Art Hop, an annual event organized by SEABA, the South End Arts & Business Association.
The students reported live from the event, streaming their broadcast on YouTube.
Students honed their skills and got hands-on experience in reporting, multi-camera field production, interviewing, and more.
Camera 1 was stationed outside of Great Harvest Bread Co., which is owned by Chris Brown ’07 // Business Administration.
Associate Professor of Broadcast Media Production Keith Oppenheim looks on as Jennifer Benton ’20 // Management of Creative Media interviews Mayor Miro Weinberger of Burlington.
While reporters were out on the streets interviewing art hoppers, field production students were under the tent making sure everything was running smoothly.
Students had the opportunity to be both behind and in front of the camera throughout the night.
Speaking of industry expertise, students enjoyed a visit from special guest Freddy Appau of The Valley CW and local news station MyNBC5. Roles were reversed as Luke Marcheski ’21 // Broadcast Media Production interviewed Appau on air for Champlain’s livestream.
Luke Marcheski ’21 // Broadcast Media Production works with Appau at MyNBC5, creating promos and content for The Valley CW.
Great job to all Champlain students who made this year’s Art Hop livestream a success!

To watch the full stream, head to this link.

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