Webcast technology connects protestors with supporters during NSW Teachers Federation Stop Work Meeting

Thursday, 12 July, 2012

The NSW Teachers Federation was able to connect protestors at its recent Sydney-based stop work meeting to tens of thousands of teachers in regional areas across New South Wales, thanks to webcast technology.

Staging Connections provided the technology to connect more than 50,000 teachers across NSW with their counterparts at the NSW Teachers Federation Stop Work Meeting held on Wednesday 27 June at Sydney Town Hall.

More than 5000 teachers attended the main meeting site at Sydney Town Hall, with the Staging Connections’ team capturing the entire event and webcasting it live to more than 30 regional sites. Teachers throughout NSW met in RSL Clubs, town halls and other meeting areas to join their colleagues via live video feed.

Five cameras captured the action of the event, including speeches from the President of the NSW Teachers Federation, Maurie Mulheron, and members of the educational community.

With a team of 19 working on the event, Staging Connections’ five technical directors and 14 crew controlled live crosses to audience members for reactions on what was being said by speakers.

Jason Nicholas, Digital Media Editor for the NSW Teachers Federation, said, “We used to broadcast via Sky Channel into pubs across the state and have now evolved into internet streaming.

“It was a very sensitive and confidential event to plan and we felt confident that Staging Connections could maintain a high level of security from our initial discussions to the day itself.”

The live video stream allowed even smaller towns with limited internet connection to receive the high quality of delivery, while other locations watched in HD via adaptive bit rate technology.

“Overall, we were especially pleased with the professionalism of the whole crew,” Nicholas said.

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