The New York Jets and the New York Film Academy announced today the launch of the Sports Media Academy.
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The Sports Media Academy will offer two 16-week hands-on immersion workshops in Sports Photography and Sports Broadcasting for sports fans and aspiring media professionals in a real-world sports environment. As part of the program, students will create a media portfolio while covering the New York Jets at select events during the 2012 football season and throughout the calendar year. Also, Jets fans will have the opportunity to enter to win the chance to be a photography student for the day at each regular season home game in 2012, learning alongside the Sports Media Academy students.
“A partnership like this is very unique,” says Marc Riccio, senior vice president of corporate sales, marketing, and stadium development at the New York Jets. “We are looking forward to working with the New York Film Academy to develop this unprecedented relationship between professional sports and the arts. Some memorable moments should be captured with our professionals teaching these talented students.”
“We are very excited to partner with the New York Jets to offer students the opportunity to learn sports photography and broadcasting,” says Jeremy Snepar, EVP at the New York Film Academy. “The high-stakes, high-pressure, adrenaline-driven world of sports provides unique opportunities to create unforgettable images and stories of human achievement on a grand scale. Methods for being at the right place at the right time, for anticipating what’s about to happen, and for being technically prepared to get an iconic shot under wildly unpredictable conditions will be taught and practiced in depth.”
Beginning September 5 2012, the Sports Media Academy will offer students the opportunity to refine their craft and cover the New York Jets at home games, practices, media events, organized team activities, training camp, draft events and other team activities. Jets employees and industry veterans Al Pereira, the team’s official photographer for X years, and Rich Gentile, senior director of broadcast and multimedia production, along with the New York Film Academy’s award-winning faculty, will provide expert instruction in every aspect of the field, teaching not only specialized techniques, but also providing insights that can only be learned from decades of professional experience. The photography course will be offered this fall and the broadcasting class will be offered in spring 2013. For more information on the courses and to enroll, visit nyfa.edu.