Following the success of upstart's election night live coverage, journalism and media students will be covering the AFL Grand Final in the form of a television broadcast.
On Grand Final day, September 28, a dedicated team of students and staff will broadcast from the La Trobe television studios, streaming online on the upstart home page.
The broadcast will commence at 1pm. Before the opening bounce talking points will include: wrap up of the season including the discussion about the supplements scandal at the Essendon Football Club and most valuable players, a detailed look at the two teams heading into the match, interviews with sports journalists, vox pops and more.
We will be on break while the game is live, with students then broadcasting at quarter time, half time, three quarter time and post-match, with in-depth match analysis.
In the lead-up to the Grand Final day, upstart's AFL coverage will also include: preview and review the Brownlow Medal, which will include running a live blog on the night; preview both teams in detail; report on the AFL Grand Final parade; and profiles of new journalists covering the Grand Final.
All of upstart's content will also be tweeted to the near 5,000 followers on Twitter, as well as using the relevant hashtags.
The coverage will be headed by third-year Journalism (Sport) student Sophie Shaw, Master of Global Communications student and upstart deputy editor John Pyrros, final-year Journalism student Liam Quinn and second-year Journalism (Sport) students Sean Munaweera and Lachlan McKenna.
Another 10 journalism and media students will be in various roles on Grand Final Day, from director and vision mixer to camera operator and floor manager.
Ian Armet, Margaret Purdam, Jess Baker and Matt Horne have also very kindly volunteered their time to assist with the technical aspects of the broadcast.
The broadcast will be headed by Journalism's Erdem Koç, David Lowden and Steinar Ellingsen, and Media's Angie Black.
The live broadcast on Grand Final day will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our students' skill-set, and a great way to brandish the kind of initiatives that sets La Trobe's Journalism and Media degrees well apart from other universities.
It also continues to show the quality of curriculum, teaching and facilities we are offering as a university.