It was an exposure and a fun-filled trip of sort. They were on a one-day visit tagged “2016 Media Tour” to foremost pan-African broadcast news channel, Television Continental (TVC) of the Continental Broadcasting Service at Ketu, Lagos.
The President, Mass Communication Students’ Association (MCSA), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter, Comrade Onyeka Okorie, led the delegation of students on the trip.
According to Okorie, the tour was intended to expose the students to the environment and the facilities of the media industry.
She added that the association acknowledged the need to support the teachers by exposing students to the practical aspects of Mass Communication.
The students, who were about one hundred, were received by the station’s waiting IT broadcast engineer, Mr Debo Okewole, who took them round different departments in the station.
Okewole, noted that TVC comprises three major channels; TVC International viewing in most African countries and in the UK, TVC Nigeria and TVC Entertainment.
The first department visited was the ingest department, where live fields, and clips are collected by the news gathering crew and stored in the server system. Okewole said the clips would afterwards, be taking to the editing boot for fine-tuning.
“We have what we call Dejero; this is a back pack that facilitates filming. It is used by reporters from their respective beats to make clips for the injest department,” Okewole disclosed.
The apparently excited students, were led to the production control room (PCR) where the news content were done.
He introduced some of the equipment in the PCR saying, “In this department, we have the Cahona switcher, which controls what the viewers see at home, and there is the graphics system that controls all the texts appearing on screen.
“There is also what we call MPLM which controls all the videos. It’s just like a multimedia player.”
He also showed the students the station’s camera room, studio one which according to him, works with the PCR one just as they were also taken to the editing boot.
Okewole, at the studio one, told students that some of the cameras used in therein include but not limited to the jeep camera and crane camera adding that the Barco is an interactive background which shows pictures.
They also visited studio three, TVC Nigeria news room, the graphics department, Cromer, a virtual set and the station’s make-up room. He said using the make-up room was imperative for whoever wants to come on set.
He added that the news room has facilities like editing systems for adding videos and graphics and preparing all the contents that go out of the PCR.
He added that there was also a PGM that controls all programmes being viewed by the the audience and the previewing.
Okewole took students to the programmes department where programmes are prepare for broadcast before proceeding to the TVC International news room, where the news bulletin is planned for the day.
Other places visited were administrative, human resource and media control and finance, planning and the web departments
The students, after visiting the web department which caters for web contents, headed for the station’s studio two, an audience-based studio, where they participated in TVC’s weekly show, The Big Issue.
At the resumed edition of the show, the recently-introduced Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB), proposed by a senator representing Ekiti State, Sen. Abiodun Olujimi, was debated by a lawyer, Mrs Itohan Odufia and a political analyst, Mr Dapo Johnson.
The Big Issue views on TVC on Saturdays between 8am and 9am.
The tour was climaxed at the Ozone Cinemas, Yaba, where the students viewed an epic movie titled; Allegiant.
By Miftaudeen Raji, Lagos
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