Read all about it: From bare-bones to state-of-the-art
From the days of dashing back to the office to write stories, develop film or edit highlight film for the nightly newscast and broadcasting games across phone lines comes Twitter, streaming video, Skype and simply logging into a publishing system from the press box to file stories.
High-speed wireless Internet throughout the Lincoln Park Tower press level allows every game to be streamed online through iHigh.com, which has replaced Panhandle Sports Broadcasting as the NJCAA’s video partner.
The press box above the first-base line has gone from bare-bones to state-of-the-art.
No longer is the only access gained by climbing the bleachers on the football side, lugging equipment up and down and maneuvering around fans. An elevator takes reporters, broadcasters and event personnel to their booths, or if they want a workout, there are two stairwells that lead to each level.
An IT room is full of the equipment necessary to run the wireless Internet, digital and analog phone lines and data ports that are in every booth on both sides of the dual-sided facility.
No more taping cables to the floor or walls — data ports make equipment plug-and-play.
With the new technology comes new ways to cover the JUCO World Series.
The Daily Sentinel will again “wrap” the newspaper from Monday through Saturday with a four-page special section entirely devoted to the tournament. In Sunday’s paper, JUCO coverage will lead the regular sports section.
Most hotels on Horizon Drive will offer complimentary papers to their guests, and there will be two racks at the ballpark with free papers for fans.
Short stories will be posted to GJSentinel.com after every game through the breaking-news ticker, with daily photo galleries and videos highlighting anything and everything having to do with the tournament.
We’ll also use Twitter (@gjsentinel_sports, @gjsportswriter) to update fans on what we’re seeing from our perch above first base, and our “Game On” blog will provide online-only content every day.
KTMM Radio, the official radio station of the tournament, also has seen changes in its audience. Fans still slip earbuds in with portable radios in the stands, but if they’re away from the ballpark, they can listen to games online.
“We’re able to reach people all across the world with our broadcasts, thanks to our streaming,” Jim Davis, the sports director at KTMM, said in an email. “We’ve had soldiers listening in Iraq to parents in Australia listening to their son pitch.”
KTMM is providing the audio feed for the iHigh video streaming, and the broadcasts will be piped into the concourse area, so fans waiting for hot dogs won’t miss a pitch.
The three local television stations also are changing how they do things with the stadium improvements.
Instead of sitting in what was fondly known as “the chicken coop” behind the right-field wall for live broadcasts, KKCO will do its live broadcasts from a booth on the football side of the press box, which will, for one week, be converted into a mini studio.
Sports Director Kyle Stanley said the NBC affiliate will continue its popular “JUCO All-Access” stories with teams as they arrive and throughout the week.
Technology for the stations has been upgraded, with KKCO and KREX using “sat backpacks,” which allow them to broadcast live from anywhere in the ballpark without being wired into a satellite truck in the parking lot.
“We used to have to be within sight of the towers on (Colorado National Monument), but now we could go live from Denver, or heck, even New York if we wanted to,” Stanley said in an email.
KREX’s “sat backpacks” will allow that station to go live from several vantage points at the field. The CBS affiliate plans to do an entire newscast from the ballpark during the week, with its set in the right-field corner.
KJCT will move its mobile studio into the press box behind home plate for its live broadcasts. The ABC affiliate also will take advantage of more Internet bandwidth to stream more video reports.
All three stations will do live broadcasts during their newscasts, with expanded shows after the 10 p.m. news.
Any fan with a computer and Internet access can watch the games at njcaatv.org, with a link on the tournament website, jucogj.org.
Also through the tournament is the ability to monitor a live statistics program, see boxscores and statistics. Tournament Chairman Jamie Hamilton has become Twitter-savvy, with the tournament’s account (@JUCOWorldSeries) picking up more and more followers as teams qualified and passed the handle onto their followers. The NJCAA also tweets (@njcaa).
Going to be away from a computer or radio? No problem — there’s a free service at jucogj.org to receive a text message on your cell phone with the final score of each game.