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World’s first online SNG (satellite newsgathering) training course launched at NAB


April 16 2007

Satellite interference is a significant problem to satellite users and often caused by operator error – hence the solution to this problem in part lies in a global standard of competence for SNG (satellite newsgathering) uplink operators. SlingPath offers the first competency-based online training for SNG, and is accessible, interactive, and user-friendly.

Launched at NAB2007 in Las Vegas, “Basic SNG Operations” is an introduction to satellites and their use in newsgathering, aimed at new entrants and those required to gain some understanding of satellite newsgathering processes. No prior knowledge is required, and as the course is online it’s accessible by anyone from anywhere at anytime.

Basic SNG Operations is the initial SlingPath satellite newsgathering (SNG) course, aimed at the absolute beginner, taking the student through the basics of satellites, how they are used in newsgathering, the various key technical parameters and critical component parts of an SNG system, and how to safely work in the field with the equipment.

The SlingPath presentation of the material is highly graphical, interactive, and user-friendly, with potentially complex subjects presented in a fashion that makes it approachable to even the most techno-phobic participants.

The course can typically be completed in around seven hours at the students own pace, and is available at an affordable US$ 595 per seat.

The SlingPath online course is followed up by a 3 day practical course (at additional cost) with a hands-on examination, undertaken at one of eight practical training centres which will be established around the globe by the end of 2007.

Already approved and accredited by satellite industry bodies SUIRG (Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group) and WBU-ISOG (World Broadcasting Union – International Satellite Operations Group), this web-based training is a truly new advance in training for the SNG market. It is hoped that this will be the beginning of a move to establish a core competency level for all those involved in satellite newsgathering, identifying those who have achieved competence in an online industry database held by SUIRG..

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About SlingPath
SlingPath was developed by Jonathan Higgins of UK-based BeaconSeek (and the author of two major books on satellite and electronic newsgathering) in collaboration with e-Blended Learning Solutions of New Zealand, specialists in designing web-based training for remote learning applications.


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