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ESPNU Gives Students Broadcast Game Experience

Nicole PainterESPNU came to Knoxville to telecast the UT-ETSU football game and gave fourteen JEM students the opportunity to work on a live broadcast. JEM Professor Sam Swan coordinated the students participating with the network and said, “We have been working with ESPN for many years to create these great opportunities for our students.  They work alongside professionals learning on the job and experiencing first-hand what it takes to produce a live broadcast with all the planning, scripting, research and real-time adjustments that go into a football game TV production.”

The following is a list of the students who worked on the ESPNU production and their roles:


Matt Peterson

Stage Manager

Madison Christian

Field Reporter  

Savanna Jacoby

Field Videographer

Nicole Painter


Will Boling

Tape Producer  

Megan Walsh

Camera Operator

Courtney Rader


Kiaja McCabe

SEC Recap Producer

Elizabeth Profit

SEC Recap Reporter

Ariel Hill


Tara Halley

Field Producer

Tala Shatara


Dakota Farless

Audio Assistant  

Sam Forman