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RTA to host first all-women sports broadcast

By Robert Liwanag


The initiative involves 23 female students from RTA School of Media programs.

A group of FCAD students will produce the first all-female crewed live broadcast tonight of the Rams women’s hockey game at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC).

Called The Takeover, the initiative involves 23 female students from RTA School of Media programs – media production, sport media and new media. Roles include producer, director, hosts and camera operators.

“If you look at the industry, it’s mostly men,” said Leandra Vermeulen, a fourth-year media production student and crew lead. “When I had the opportunity to start working on the Rams Network here at Ryerson, I thought it would be a good chance to get more women involved and show what we can do.”

The crew will be live broadcasting the women’s hockey game against the Windsor Lancers from the Sportsnet RTA Production Centre at the MAC. The game will air on Rogers Cable and Super Sports Pack, and stream through the OUA TV portal. During commercial breaks, the broadcast will feature segments about female athletes.

“This initiative has come from the (female volunteers) directly, and they acknowledge this as a need and a want,” said Brian Withers, RTA instructor and supervising producer of the broadcast. “We’re hoping events like this will continue to be on people’s radar.”

The Rams Network is a joint initiative between RTA School of Media and Ryerson Athletics. It consists of 10 broadcast crew leads and more than 70 volunteers.

Student-led projects like The Takeover are another example of Ryerson fostering hands on learning through collaborative experiences, as outlined in the university’s academic plan, Our Time to Lead.

“We definitely want to try to foster interest and make it a more regular thing,” said Vermeulen.


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