Povich Camp Day 4 Recap


Povich Camp Day 4 Recap
Jul 21, 2017

by Wes Brown

On day four of the 2017 Shirley Povich Sports Broadcasting camp, students obtained much more information on the radio side of journalism.

After working on their website stories, they were sat down with Andy Pollin of ESPN980. He spoke to the campers about the endless opportunities the internet provides them in this always-expanding field. While “play-by-play will always have a spot” in radio, Pollin told campers that making a consistent podcast is a great way to get their foot in the door.

Once lunch finished, campers got a motivational talk from Christine Brennan, who is a columnist for USA Today and a commentator for ABC News, CNN, PBS and NPR. Brennan let everyone in on her career story and how she would have been “crazy” to mention sports journalism as a career growing up. But she did leave them with the note; “For every girl in this room, for every boy in this room: there’s a place for you in sports journalism.”

Campers then got almost two hours of hands on experience with podcasting. Jarred Bellman and Megan Smedley of WMUC, the on-campus radio station, came by with equipment setups allowing campers to go live on the air. Reese Levin of Meade High School said this activity was “wonderful”, adding “one thing unique was that we got breaking news while we were live”. That being in reference to the OJ Simpson parole hearing, and him being granted release as early as October of this year. With this experience, campers can also feel more familiar to the process of creating a podcast.

The day closed out with a critique of their game day reports from the Washington Mystics versus the Atlanta Dream. Amy Rosewater, Danielle Cadet and Alan Goldenbach were on hand to help campers learn from their previous experience and expand their work next time they have a game story to write. Levin said “it’s always good to have a second set of eyes” to look at any work you put out.

The final day of the Povich Camp will help ready students for the future with sessions on making the most out of high school, and college admissions.



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