VIN MANNIX: MSTV puts focus on real world career and tech education – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

by | Nov 6, 2022 | Education

Manatee School Television’s scholastic sports coverage, showcased by MSTV’s “Game of the Week,” is moving from fall to winter athletics, but its educational objective remains.Especially behind the camera.“The community is not only getting to see these student-athletes on the playing field, but students are getting real world experience outside the classroom,” said Matt Messenger, MSTV supervisor of television services. “They’re running cameras, working live productions, pulling cables, giving them that next step students in other counties may not be getting.”While other county high schools also have TV curricula, Messenger credited Southeast’s award-winning SETV as a big influence.“I think people saw what Southeast was doing – SETV’s got field equipment and been doing live production for years – and said, ‘Why don’t we ramp this up? Expand our career and tech education?’”MSTV’s “Game of the Week” was, in Messenger’s words, “A bit of an undertaking to get off the ground and get it looking professional,” but it is remarkably good in its production and in the broadcast with Skip Wilhoit, the Coordinator of Safe Schools, and Palmetto High ESE teacher Chris Conboy, a former Manatee High assistant football coach. See“We have one set of field equipment we’re taking to each location. The uniqueness is we’re relying on students from the host school to run the camera, graphics or whatever. It’s the first time some have ever done a live football game.“Down the road, once we’ve got this built up, our goal is to ha …

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