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Due to ongoing restrictions surrounding large gatherings, Solent's media technology students were on hand to help Southampton Pride stream their event online this year.

4th September 2020
TV, film, media production and technology

On Saturday 29 August, Solent University was proud to support Southampton Pride for a fifth consecutive year, celebrating diversity across the city. This year our involvement was more crucial than ever, as staff and students supported Pride organisers in moving this event online by live broadcasting it from our studios at the University and the Stage Door venue to the local community of Southampton and nationwide.

The four-and-a-half-hour live broadcast provided Solent students with real-world experience and an opportunity to work together as a team to live stream this key city event. We caught up with students, Kate and Alice, who told us about their experience working on Digital Pride.

Alice

Tell us about your role during the Southampton Pride digital event

I was the studio producer - my role was making sure the ship sails smoothly in terms of the production. For example, making sure everyone knew their job roles and tasks to be done, and organising the production schedule and other paperwork.

How are experiences like these helping you with your studies?

As a recent graduate of the television and video production course, experiences like these have prepared me for professional working and have given me valuable transferable skills for future jobs.

What skills did you use at this event that you learned from your course?

I have used many skills in this role from my studies, such as production management, client management and team leadership. I also used many transferable skills that can be used in all matters of settings, for example, good communication, time management and teamwork.

Kate

Tell us about your role during the Southampton Pride digital event

I communicated with the client for the week prior to the event to make sure everything was organised and ready to go on Saturday morning. I created call sheets and running orders to make sure the whole Solent crew was on the same page.

How are experiences like these helping you with your studies?

I'm gaining lots of valuable experience with a whole range of companies to add to my CV. I'm also learning a lot about what is required of me when I start working in the industry full time and I'm gaining valuable skills from these experiences.

What skills did you use at this event that you learned from your course?

I used organisation and communication skills to ensure everything was ready in a timely manner. I also used my experiences working in our television studios to make sure things went smoothly on the day.

Solent student, Kate Wood working in the studio for Southampton Digital Pride

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