Povich Camp Recap Day 2

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Povich Camp Recap Day 2
Jul 18, 2017

By Wes Brown

On day two of the 2017 Shirley Povich Sports Journalism Camp, attendees were given chances to mock major steps in the Sports Media business.

The day kicked off with information on how to put together a game story in preparation for Wednesday’s Washington Mystics game. Washington Post writer Gene Wang began the day by talking with campers about how to approach a game day article.

He went through a “blueprint” that included eating a good meal before arriving, getting there early, and writing as the game progresses. Wang closed his session with the simple tidbit, to “have fun.” The hustle and work should never overbear the fact that a journalist is being paid to watch and write about a sporting event.

Next up Callie Caplan of The Baltimore Sun came in to give advice on how to conduct a press conference. She gave the campers knowledge on how to word questions, what approach to use, and to always write down multiple questions before heading to a press conference.

All of these tactics were put to the test during a mock press conference with Maryland Women’s basketball Coach Brenda Frese, and players Kaila Charles, Brianna Fraser, and Stephanie Jones. During the 35-minute sit-down session, students were anxiously firing questions that Caplan had helped them rehearse. Most of the questions revolved around the team’s roster situation and how they were preparing for the World University Games in Taiwan next month.

After that time was up, campers got a chance to speak one on one with anyone they wanted, which they found to be much easier. Wesley Shoemaker felt this was the case “because you didn’t have to stand up in front of the whole group, and when you could talk to them it was much more personal.”

Once the afternoon kicked in, campers split up into groups to continue their weeklong projects, and were given a chance to check out television broadcasting.

A trip over to the Richard Eaton Broadcasting Center allowed for practice with studio cameras, Teleprompters, floor management, and switchboards. In pairs, campers sat behind the desk and in front of the camera to read what could be considered a simple show.

Campers learned from experience that being on air is not always as simple as it may seem. Sue Kopen Katcef, who was in charge of the broadcasting activities, said, “you are used to moving ahead and reading so using the prompter is challenging.” She further explained this point saying people can get lost “…between reading the script, a floor manager talking in your ear, and projecting yourself properly.”

Day three of camp will be a full media experience as the campers head to Verizon Center to cover the Washington Mystics versus the Atlanta Dream.

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