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The Next Generation Initiative announced today the plan to expand their sports production programming. The NextGen Sports Network will be set up to cover sports throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. The primary focus will be on high school sports but will also include stories from the college and professional sports scene. In addition to their collaboration with The Indianapolis Recorder, NextGen Sports content will also be seen on the PrepStream.net streaming platform as well as the WTHR Facebook Live page.

“This new expansion reflects our continuing commitment to showcase more student athletes, provide more access to the games for fans, and most importantly, provide more opportunities for young people to receive hands-on, professional level training in live sports production, sports journalism and digital content creation,” cited NextGen Sports Program Director, Dennis Jarrett.

Through its’ partnership with FrontRunner Media NG the plan is to live stream 1-2 sports events per week, beginning with this year’s basketball season. FrontRunner Media will again be the video service provider for the venture, employing their state of the art 24’ mobile production trailer and equipment. Together the two groups have a quality track record of covering sports events, having live streamed over 200 games for the MIC Network the past six years. In addition to streaming games, the group will produce The NextGen Sports Show and actively create feature content for their social media platforms and other distribution outlets.

Gary Naylor, President of FrontRunner Media NG stated, “FrontRunner continues to be committed to enabling the next generation of media professionals to be successful by providing opportunities to individuals to get real-world experience and is excited to align our services and support to the new direction of the Next Generation Initiative.” 

At the heart of the NextGen Sports Network is the training of and experience provided to aspiring media professionals. With the launch of this new initiative, the free training will provide opportunities for a greater number of young people to have the chance to prepare for a career in sports and media production. The Next Generation Initiative has a strong history of developing and deploying talent, with over 60 former program participants currently working professionally in media communications, broadcasting and related fields.

If you are someone interested in joining their media team, a school interested in having your sports events covered or want information as to how you can support the NextGen program, contact Dennis Jarrett at djarrett@gowithfrontrunner.com or 317-292-7320.

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