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YPSILANTI, Mich. ( —

The Eastern Michigan University Athletic Media Relations Office is in search of organized and reliable student assistants to fill several roles specific to the production of multimedia content throughout the 2021-22 school year. Applicants must be an EMU student that is enrolled at least part-time, which is four credit hours for graduate students and six credit hours for undergraduate students. Positions are available for internship credit, work study, or regular student employment.

While student assistants are not required to choose a specific job position within the office, they are encouraged to express their desired interest when applying. Below is a list of positions the athletics communication office looks to fill during both the Fall and Winter semesters. Hours are determined by the varsity sports schedule and needs of each position. Some hours are also available over academic breaks. (Fall, Winter, Spring, etc.).

Available positions:

GameDay Intern/Sport Contact: Student Assistants will assist with the creation of game day collateral (flip cards/game day programs, game notes), which can include the designing and proofreading. Students will also have the opportunity to write and edit press releases, and maintain historical records (statistics, research, archives). Also, the assistant will assist in game day setup and game day operations, which can include working to learn the various Stat Crew programs and gain statistical knowledge of the various sports sponsored by Eastern’s Athletics Department.

Photography: Student Assistants on the photography team must have prior experience in photography. Owning a personal camera is not required. Student assistants will be working together with the athletics communication office to capture action photos of EMU athletes, coaches, staff, etc. at home contests for the 18 varsity teams.

Social Media & Graphic Design: Eastern Athletics is looking for student assistants with interest and experience in Adobe Photoshop or AfterEffects to design and complete graphics to be used on EMU Athletics social media. Along with students who are interested in helping run social media accounts as well. Office hours will be required for this position.

Creative Video Production: Eastern Athletics is looking for student assistants with interest and experience in Adobe Premiere to assist in the production of recorded videos for social media, including but not limited to; highlight videos after games, player and coach interview videos, and other miscellaneous videos that help promote the teams at EMU. Hired student assistants must have some availability during evenings.

ESPN/Videoboard Crew: Student Assistants on the ESPN/Videoboard team must: remain focused while providing a professional production of Eastern athletic events, be able to communicate well with teammates, and be available before, during, and after events for setup, breakdown, and operation of broadcasting equipment. Applicants do not need any prior knowledge or experience in broadcasting, directing, camera operation or streaming production, however hired student assistants must be willing and able to learn/improve upon the techniques and skills necessary to work in these positions. Broadcasting assistants will be trained in how to operate the equipment including, but not limited to, camera operation, replay, graphics, audio, and directing. Setup for covering athletic events usually occurs 2.5 hours before the start of the game, while breakdown usually completes within 30 minutes after the completion of the contest. Additional hours may be made available for student assistants throughout the year, when needed, to produce recorded content for special events or social media.


Athletic Media Relations Student Assistants receive hands-on, real-world experience in the field of athletic communications and media relations. Previous sports information experience as a game-day student worker or journalism experience is required for consideration.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Work directly with communications staff in coverage of one or more sports
  • Write weekly previews, feature stories, recaps and produce Q&As for assigned sports
  • Update coach and student-athlete biographies
  • Update in-season statistics
  • Learn statistical programs for assigned sports (i.e. Statcrew/NCAA Live Stats)
  • Submit weekly athlete-of-the-week nominations to conference office for assigned sports
  • Post articles and update statistics on
  • Staff events for assigned sports
  • Write feature articles and conduct Q&As for game programs as assigned
  • Assist with revenue sport game staffing as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • Current EMU undergraduate student
  • Previous athletic communications or journalism experience
  • Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
  • Strong interest in a career in sports

Additional/Desired Qualifications:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous writing experience
  • Statistical experience


  • Receive hands-on experience working with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, and members of the media
  • Develop communications and public relations skills necessary to obtain a post-graduate position in athletic communications
  • Networking opportunities
  • Incentive program

Athletic Media Relations Social Media/Graphic Design interns receive hands-on experience in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, and Boxout Sports to design and complete graphics to be used on EMU Athletics social media. Office hours will be required for this position.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assist with creation of print and digital collateral pieces for use to promote Eastern athletics and various events
  • May be asked to develop special graphics for certain events or teams
  • Create content (videos, graphics, GIFs, tweets, posts) for multiple programs and social media platforms
  • Create or acquire real time content for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be a current EMU student
  • Ability to think creatively and adhere to brand standards
  • Adhere to deadlines set forth by the supervisor with various projects
  • Have the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at a given time
  • Must have a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premier and basic design concepts

Additional/Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of athletics (sport-specific rules, protocol, etc.)
  • Previous experience with social media, ENG cameras, or DSLR cameras


  • Opportunity to gain valuable digital and social media skills
  • Interaction with coaches, student-athletes, athletics administrators, fans, and members of the media
  • Opportunity to see your work posted on a NCAA Division I athletics social media channel

Utilizing state of the art production equipment, students will help produce athletic events for ESPN3, ESPN+, and the in-arena video boards. Students will be taught a variety of broadcast positions, and gain hands-on experience inside the custom-built broadcast control room and studio inside the Convocation Center.

The broadcasts are mostly student run with the assistance of EMU faculty, staff and distinguished alumni, and other broadcast professionals. We are looking to educate and develop each individual student’s skills and give them an avenue to expand their talents. Possible broadcast roles include: Director, Producer, Technical Director, Audio Technician, Camera Operator, Scorebug Operator, Replay Operator and Graphics Designer/Operator. Students also will have the opportunity to help shoot and edit video packages to be aired during the broadcasts.  We are also looking for students who can show more initiative and commitment to move into more independent positions as student producer or assistant engineer.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be a current EMU or Washtenaw Community College student
  • Live production knowledge is useful, particularly camera operation, but a strong interest in sports, sports marketing, or production is wanted.
  • Students must be able to work nights and weekends. Hours are dependent based on the number of home events each week. Students will be paid per broadcast.

Here is a list to give you an idea of the spectrum of roles that make up a successful broadcast:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Color Announcer
  • Sideline Reporter
  • Technical Director
  • Replay Operator
  • Scorebug Operator
  • Camera Operator
  • Sideline Producer
  • Statistician
  • Graphics
  • Audio Technician
  • Utility


  • Night/Weekend hours
  • Paid work experience
  • Networking
  • Hands-on broadcasting experience
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Academic credit (where qualified as only a very limited number of spaces are made available each semester)

Additional Notices:

  • This is an on-campus job, so crew members are expected to be on-site for their scheduled shift.  Trading of shifts with other crew members is also appropriate when things come up.
  • Each crew member will manage their per show availability so that a schedule can be made.  That availability is up to the student to keep track of before schedules are released. 
  • Crew members should be dressed appropriately for work at Eastern Michigan University.  No ripped clothing, clothing with other college names/logos, sweatpants, concert/band shirts or clothing with offensive or questionable writing, and no tight/revealing/or otherwise inappropriate clothing.  Typical attire is jeans, slacks, or shorts when appropriate with a t-shirt, hoodie/sweatshirt.  Eastern Michigan University branded clothes are always acceptable.
  • Crew members should be able to follow the rules of the control room and equipment for use.  In the control room, there is no food or drinks allowed, other than water with a resealable cap.  Equipment should be respected, so as not to be damaged. 
  • Crew members should be able to focus on the task at hand during a production, without being distracted by mobile devices.
  • Each crew members should be able to handle themselves in a pressure environment, as our productions are all airing live, and should be able to work and conduct themselves in a team environment as well.

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Media outlets appeal decision to deny info on stay of Port Moody mayor's sex assault charge –



Three media outlets are challenging a decision by the B.C. Supreme Court’s top judge to deny the public details about so-called alternative measures that resulted in the dismissal of a sexual assault charge against the mayor of Port Moody, B.C.

CBC, CTV and Global filed an application in B.C.’s Court of Appeal Thursday seeking to overturn a decision by Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson rejecting a bid for specifics about the measures Robert Vagramov was required to complete in order for the Crown to agree to bring criminal proceedings against him to a halt.

In a 30-page document filed with the province’s top court, media lawyer Daniel Burnett argues that Hinkson failed to consider the open court principle, central to the Canadian justice system, which requires anyone seeking a ban on publication to prove it’s necessary to prevent harm.

Vagramov was charged with sexual assault in 2019 in relation to an incident his lawyer later characterized as an “awkward date.”

Some transparency ‘required’

The charge was stayed months later through a process designed to give offenders with no history of violence or sexual offences the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions while avoiding a criminal record and civil liability.

Vagramov leaves a news conference after being charged with sexual assault, at City Hall in Port Moody, B.C., on March 28, 2019. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

At the time the charge was stayed, the Crown told the court only that the mayor had “successfully completed” an alternative measures program. The specifics were not disclosed.

CBC, CTV and Global filed an application in B.C. Supreme Court asking Hinkson to OK the release by the Crown and B.C. Corrections of documents that confirmed Vagramov’s eligibility for alternative measures, the specifics of the measures he was asked to complete and confirmation of the fact that he completed them.

In his April ruling, the chief justice said the documents the media were seeking were never introduced in open court, and so the open court principle did not apply.

In the appeal, Burnett argues that while the records themselves may not have come before a judge, they’re “intertwined with the administration of justice.”

“A criminal charge before the court was stayed in court based upon a criteria set out in the Code. An officer of the court, Crown Counsel, entered the stay in court based upon the criteria,” the appeal application reads.

“Some transparency regarding the measures completed is required if the fairness of the alternative measures system is to be understood and considered. The public as well as those charged should not be expected to simply trust that the measures are appropriate, fair, or applied evenly.”

A ‘chilling’ effect

The case shines a light on a program designed to rid the court of minor cases, save money for taxpayers and ensure that Canadians who make a single, serious misstep don’t necessarily have to carry the burden of a life-altering criminal record.

In rejecting the media’s bid for disclosure, Hinkson reached back to a 1994 parliamentary discussion that saw the Bloc Québécois justice critic say that “a private, administrative route” was necessary to ensure that suspects who agreed to co-operate could be sure that they wouldn’t later find themselves publicly shamed.

Defence lawyer Ian Donaldson speaks to reporters Wednesday after the Crown stayed a charge against his client Vagramov. (Justin McElroy/CBC)

Hinkson concluded that releasing Vagramov’s alternative measures details could lead to manipulation by accused people looking to game the system.

He also said the disclosure could have a “chilling” effect on accused people who agree to alternative measures in the belief that it will keep their names out of the headlines.

‘An error upon an error’

In the appeal, CBC, CTV and Global claim Hinkson came to those conclusions based on “pure speculation” without reviewing the documents themselves.

“It was an error upon an error,” Burnett writes.

The media claim they weren’t seeking detailed psychological reports, and that Vagramov himself has spoken publicly about sending an apology letter to the woman who accused him.

“It is equally likely that better knowledge of the program will increase the number of individuals who wish to participate in it,” Burnett writes.

“Appreciating that every case has different circumstances, there can be no valid justification for keeping secrecy over what kinds of alternative measures it takes to avoid a prosecution, and what Mr. Vagramov did to earn a stay.”

Vagramov was elected mayor in October 2018 when he was 28. 

He took a leave of absence after the charge was sworn but created a rift at city council when he returned to work in September 2019, ahead of the staying of the charge.

Vagramov later said was “deeply regretful” for the tension his criminal case brought upon council and the community.

The mayor’s lawyer did not return a request for comment Thursday.

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Athletes' Mental Health Puts Focus on Their Social Media Use – BNN



(Bloomberg) — The growing focus on mental health at the Olympic Games is bringing attention to the pitfalls and benefits of social media use by athletes, for whom platforms like Instagram and TikTok help them stay connected with fans amid the isolation of the pandemic while also leaving them vulnerable to abuse.

South Korean archer An San, who won three gold medals at the games, became the target of misogynist attacks online from people who criticized her short hairstyle as being “feminist.” Japanese mixed-doubles table tennis winner Jun Mizutani said in a now-deleted Twitter post after his victory over China that he was getting anonymous death threats online, without naming the origins of the messages.

“There are definitely a lot of mean people out there who just say stuff that don’t need to be said,” said U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee after winning gold in the women’s individual all-around event on Thursday.

The rising interest in athletes’ mental wellbeing and the impact of social media prompted International Olympic Committee member Kirsty Coventry, herself a former swimmer for Zimbabwe, to reveal that she had quit social media in the past year.

“In the last couple of days we’ve heard of a few athletes who have gone off social media,” she told reporters Thursday. “As nice and supportive as some can be, the negative comments — even if they are the fewest comments — can be really hurtful to athletes.”

Many athletes use social media to feel empowered by sharing their voice, expanding their sphere of influence, fostering connections and building personal brands, said Fernando Frias, a sports psychologist at Oregon State University. But the significance of the Olympics, compounded with heightened national pride, also means more people are likely to direct negativity at athletes online.

The situation facing Japanese athletes is further complicated by the polarization in society over the decision to hold the Olympics during the pandemic. As a result, more people are taking their anger out online at athletes, said Yuji Ishizaka, a sports sociologist at Nara Women’s University.

Japanese gymnast Mai Murakami conceded that she had been affected by cyberbullying.

“I know there are people who were against holding the Olympics, and at the same time, I know there are people who are supportive,” she told reporters through tears after the all-around women’s event on Thursday. “And even though I don’t want to see those negative comments and as much as I try to ignore them, the information comes through and I pick it up before I know it. It was very hurtful and sad.”

At the same time, social media has been an important way for athletes to stay in touch with family and fans due to the travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic, and to draw attention to less popular sports or newer sports.

Rayssa Leal, the 13-year-old Brazilian skateboarder, added 4.5 million Instagram followers over two days after she won a silver medal, according to Facebook Inc.

U.S. rugby player Ilona Maher saw her followers on TikTok triple in number after she started videos from the Olympic Village with comical commentary on attractive athletes and cardboard beds.

“It’s also been a great tool to use for my own personal branding and getting my name out there. And hopefully also for my sport and getting rugby out there,” she said.

And quitting social media may not even be an option for some athletes, particularly those from poorer countries for whom building an online following has been instrumental to their success. For example, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who won the first gold medal ever for the Philippines, got enough money to go to Tokyo after posting an Instagram story in 2019 asking for financial support.

To help ameliorate some of the negative impact from social media, athletes can turn to psychologists who travel with their teams for help. Internet companies are also recognizing their role in minimizing harm experienced by athletes online. Facebook, for example, launched a private Instagram support account for athletes leading up to the games, according to Joyee Biswas, its head of sports partnerships in Asia-Pacific.

Frias, the sports psychologist, even suggested that social media literacy even be built into curricula in early childhood education and in sports training.

“I encourage athletes to engage mindfully and intentionally with social media while setting clear boundaries regarding communication with followers and time spent,” he said.

©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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Social media companies targeted in potential online harms bill, but legislation still a ways off – The Globe and Mail



The federal government has launched a new consultation that it says will lead to combatting online hate shared on social media sites – a move that has prompted advocates to say real change isn’t coming fast enough.

The government is asking the public to respond to a proposal that includes creating a new Digital Safety Commissioner of Canada, as well as a Digital Recourse Council that Canadians can petition in order to have content removed from social media sites. The Recourse Council would have the power to make binding decisions to make sites remove content, though the consequences for not abiding by that ruling are not yet clear.

The plans, announced Thursday, focus on five categories of online harms: terrorist content, hate speech, content that incites violence, child sexual exploitation and the non-consensual sharing of images.

As government hosts antisemitism summit, opposition leaders say they should have been invited to speak

The government says it wants to bring in legislation on online hate, aimed at social media companies that play a role in sharing content. It would be in addition to Bill C-36, which targeted public hate speech by individuals. Bill C-36 did not pass into law after being introduced by the Liberal government at the end of the parliamentary session. If an election is called this summer, as is widely expected, the legislation will no longer move forward.

Despite a campaign being anticipated soon, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said the new online harms bill would be introduced as a top priority “very early on when the House resumes its work in the fall.”

“We’re hearing loud and clear from Canadians that something needs to be done about online hate,” Mr. Guilbeault said in an interview.

“What we’re presenting is what we feel is the best course forward, but we want to hear Canadians on that, and that’s what we’ll be doing in the coming weeks.”

The government has posted details of its proposed approach on the Canadian Heritage section of its website and is asking the public to provide feedback by e-mail. The potential legislation would apply to sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, but would exclude private communication channels such as WhatsApp and telecommunications networks.

Bernie Farber, chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said creating online hate legislation would be a positive move. However, he said that at the moment it’s only “a plan to make a plan.”

“It should not have taken this long and it should not be taking any longer,” he said. “My fear is that an election is going to get called and this just gets swept away into partisan politics and people forget about it.”

Mr. Farber also raised the issue of how the process of dealing with online hate still heavily relies on victims self-reporting to have content removed, and said he’d like to see more of the onus fall on a new commissioner instead.

Daniel Bernhard, executive director of the advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, said in a statement that platforms such as Facebook and YouTube must be held responsible for their role in promoting illegal content on their sites. “Legislation aimed at tackling online harm must send a clear message to these firms and their leaders: if you allow illegal content to circulate on your platform, you will pay a price,” the statement reads.

Rob Moore, Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice and the Attorney General of Canada, said in an e-mailed statement Thursday that his party is “deeply concerned with the Liberal’s plan to create an online speech regulator whose powers are overly broad and ill-defined.”

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