Kentucky graduate Jalen Taylor went from working with SEC Nation and the UK SEC Network while an undergrad to interning with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Taylor shares his experience at WNBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago earlier this month and what he does daily in his department:
Describe your experience at WNBA All-Star Weekend.
Being able to see the work that I have put in at the office finally come to life was something to behold. From seeing the credentials that I submitted to the league placed around everyone’s necks to seeing the gear that I shipped out to the arena, it was kind of awesome to see that your work doesn’t go unseen. Seeing everything firsthand was something that I will remember forever.
What were your biggest takeaways from the weekend?
Never walk into an event thinking everything is going to work out as planned. Within Remote Operations, we spend countless months planning the logistics for our broadcasts. If a line of communication is misunderstood between our team and the venue, you can see the impact immediately. You have to prepare yourself for any type of outcome to occur, and that is the beauty of our department.
What are your responsibilities as a Remote Ops intern?
My main responsibilities include lots of planning for our WNBA telecasts and Little League World Series. I assist in planning out the shipping for our gear. As soon as a game is finished, we are having our crew pack the gear in preparation to be shipped to another arena.
Another responsibility is managing our Smartsheet data, which works well in seamless collaboration with large groups of people, which is essential in our department.
Lastly, I operate as a liaison between the production and operations crews. We work to ensure that our production crew’s vision for a project is carried out, whether we need more camera operators for a new angle or testing a backdrop.
Jalen Taylor and Katerra Brewer produced the video.