Sports Commentary: Exploring the design and merits of a new teaching tool
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology
This paper details an initiative undertaken in the broadcasting program at Edith Cowan University that aims to give student sports broadcasters an insight into the role of a commentator at a major sporting event. The long-term aim of this project is to help prepare students for a career in this specialist area of broadcasting. Commentary has so many applications, with sports events the most obvious area where these skills would be employed. Increasingly 24-hour news stations are also calling on reporters to provide event descriptions, which rely on many of the same skills. There are few lecturers skilled enough in the subject to instruct classes in the correct way to do this activity. ECU’s 24-minute documentary shows what goes on behind the scenes at an Olympic games and through the words of key industry figures; a full explanation is given into the role of a commentator at a major event.This is a first for an Australian university and could have applications in other universities as the skills required for sports commentary can be used in general news reporting and the hosting of programs.