While we’re all looking forward to having students back on campus in the fall, instructors have worked hard to adapt to the current online format, even using it bring some “star power” into the virtual classroom.
One example is lecturer Amy Gutierrez, more commonly known as “Amy G” to viewers of San Francisco Giants television broadcasts. Gutierrez taught a sports broadcasting course this past semester, and used her connections to enlist a wide array of guest speakers to her online class meetings.
Those guests included long-time Giants announcer Duane Kuiper and hall of fame ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman.
“I wanted the class to see, that at one point, all of these successful people were sitting right where they are, thinking the exact same thing: ‘how do I get into this business?’ You have to see it to believe it, you have to see it to be it, and now my students know they too can achieve it,” she said.
Gutierrez also brought in several guests who hold positions that aren't as high-profile, but just as vital in creating a broadcast.
“I wanted to make sure my students were able to see the many facets of the industry. It's not all about being ‘on-air’ and it takes a lot of talented people to make ‘talent’ look good and be successful. It was my goal to expose the students to many individuals that hold different positions within our field,” she said.