Take Part in Masters Study on Causation of Whip Pans, Snap Zooms

Ben Lynn, a graduate student at the Illinois State University, School of Communication, and a sports camera operator who has worked in the business for 17 years, is writing a master’s thesis on broadcast sports professionals’ perceptions of whip pans and snap zooms. Lynn is looking for industry professionals to take a 15 minute internet survey that will be part of his study.

‘This study approaches broadcast sports productions from the perspective of those who create the content,” he says. “The study will provide valuable insight into understanding the causal attributions professionals make following a camera mistake during a broadcast sports telecast. The results of this research may help broadcast sports professionals make more accurate judgements of others’ performances during future broadcasts.”

Lynn’s goal is to invite as many broadcast sports professionals as possible to take this survey. To reach more of industry peers he asks that, regardless of whether or not someone participates in the study, they forward this study to other people who also work in broadcast sports.

“This study is about the people who create the content, not the people who watch it,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to share your insights in a meaningful way that could impact the work we do in the future. Anyone who works on a remote or in-house sports production is a candidate for this study, whether they work in a production role or a technical role.”

Please click HERE to begin the survey. If you have additional questions or comments please contact Ben Lynn at bjlynn2@ilstu.edu.

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