College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

    Saluki Athletics partners with College of Mass Communication and Media Arts to give students valuable work experience

    The Southern Illinois University Department of Athletics with the assistance of the SIUC College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (MCMA) offers a unique opportunity for media production students to receive hands-on, practical experience producing live athletic events for Saluki All-Access on and in-venue message boards.

    Both major components of the Saluki Way project, Saluki Stadium and the SIU Arena have state-of-the-art video message boards that feature live-game play, video segments, replays and crowd prompts to enhance the fan and student-athlete experience.

    Students in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts have the opportunity to earn class credit while gaining experience producing live events for the in-stadium message boards and streaming athletic contests online. The class will be taught by Chris Hagstrom, the Director of Video Services in the Department of Athletics with oversight by the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

    "As Saluki Video Services goes into its fourth year, we have made significant additions to the program in order to give students a real-world experience in video production," said Hagstrom. "I have always believed that the best experience comes from hands-on experience. The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts have always strived to bring that experience to its students. This partnership continues that philosophy and provides a great opportunity to SIU students."

    The class will have a maximum enrollment of 15 students that will work independently on projects and training with Hagstrom in preparation for games. Then the class will work as a production team for live events. Currently, Video Services covers Saluki Football, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball and Softball. Students interested in signing up for the class can contact their departmental adviser.

    MCMA Interim Dean Dr. Dafna Lemish commented, "we are thrilled at the opportunities becoming available to students specializing in sports media to work collaboratively with SIU Athletics in promoting the Saluki brand. The value of this relationship for their professional education is enormous and we plan to continue to try to realize the full potential of this collaboration in as many ways as possible.”

    In addition to the class, the Department of Athletics offers three paid student positions to Mass Communication and Media Arts students as well as two graduate aassistantships. These students work with the Director of Video Services in day-to-day operations, brainstorming and creation of graphics and features, as well as game-day productions.