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18 August 2008
The heat is on for LSS students who will be filming the Worldfirefighters Games 2008.
Journalism and Media Professional Studies students from LJMU are gearing up to deliver groundbreaking broadcast coverage of the World Firefighters Games 2008, bringing all the best of the action to more than 3,000 competitors.
The Liverpool Screen School students will be out and about during this month's Olympics-style event, filming the top games for daily bulletins, which will be broadcast on giant screens at the event headquarters, the Echo Arena.
The bulletins will offer highlights and interviews with competitors from around the world, and the Journalism and MPS trainees will also be producing a souvenir DVD of WFG08 which will go on sale during the ten-day firefighters spectacular.
The LJMU Journalism students have already filmed previews of the event, which have been broadcast to European audiences on Sky TV as a taster in the lead-up to the games.
The filming of the games will be done in partnership with the University of South Australia, which has sent a delegation of staff and students from Adelaide. The South Australia team already know what to expect at WFG08 as they were involved in a similar scheme when Adelaide hosted the World Police & Fire Games in 2007.
Journalism lecturer John Mathews, the producer of the LJMU media coverage, said: "The partnership with the University of South Australia adds an exciting international dimension to our team. I'm sure the students will make themselves, and our universities, proud of what they can accomplish."
Fellow Journalism lecturer, Hazel Barrett, will be the director of the daily bulletins filmed by the students. Hazel said: "The games are a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and ability to work to professional deadlines. Let's hope they're the best World Firefighters Games ever."
The partnership between Liverpool and Australia was initiated by WFG08 General Manager Dave Robinson who, after attending the World Police & Fire Games 2007, believed that Liverpool's World Firefighters Games event would benefit from a joint project. He said: "A real highlight in Adelaide was the daily 'Games News' bulletins which appeared on the large screens at selected venues, including the Games Village. This attracted large crowds and the competitors and spectators really enjoyed coming together each evening to watch the day's events.
"We approached LJMU and the Journalism staff were extremely keen to become involved. Since then the partnership between the three parties has developed and grown. This is a great opportunity for both universities and I hope it will play a major role in the early careers of the students involved."
The 33-strong LJMU media crew reports for duty on August 24 and the games will take place at more than 50 venues in Liverpool and the North West until September 2. The highlight is expected to be the Toughest Firefighter Alive event at St George's Plateau and St John's Beacon in the city centre from August 27 to 29.