Povich Center Hosts 12th Annual Workshop

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Povich Center Hosts 12th Annual Workshop
Apr 15, 2019

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism hosted its 12th annual Povich Center Workshop and Jamboree April 13 on the University of Maryland campus.

The workshop allowed high school and college students the opportunity to learn from some of the best across the D.C., Maryland and Virginia sports media community.

From an opening ceremony that featured David Povich — son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for which the Center is named — to a critique session with members of Merrill’s faculty, the workshop and jamboree touched on virtually every aspect of sports media.

Workshop Session I

Getting Into College, Getting the Most from High School & College

Members of Merrill faculty, journalism professors and current Merrill students joined two panels to discuss how to get into college and how to make the most of one’s time in school.

Maggie Doran, freshman admission counselor at the University of Maryland, emphasized taking advantage of free SAT prep resources and encouraged high school students interested in Maryland to apply by the Nov. 1 priority deadline.

Louise Reynolds, journalism teacher at Walt Whitman High School, said high school students should start early, reading the newspaper and writing whenever possible.

“Curiosity is your biggest asset,” Whitman said.

Workshop Session II

Social Media, Sports TV, Columns and Features

Kofie Yeboah, social media producer for SB Nation, and Zainab Mudallal, news and digital editor for Washington Post Express, spoke to students about the use of social media in the sports world today. The two mentioned social media as being part of one’s “digital footprint” and its importance in building your brand.

Monica McNutt, a reporter & analyst for FS1, and Joe Yasharoff, an adjunct professor at Merrill, discussed production and reporting. They spoke about the importance of preparation and organization when putting together a sports TV production.

“What you see on television is 10 percent of the work,” McNutt said.

The Washington Post’s Ava Wallace and Povich Center director George Solomon discussed feature and column writing. Wallace talked about the tremendous amount of research that goes into writing features and in-depth stories. She urged up-and-coming sportswriters to “pay attention to bylines” and take note of what they like about different journalists.

Workshop Session III

Covering the Beat, Sports Radio

Washington Post beat writer Emily Giambalvo and Merrill Ph.D. student Kate Yanchulis spoke about covering a sports beat. Giambalvo, who has only been on the Terps beat for eight months, detailed how she has been attempting to develop relationships with teams and the importance of paying attention to key details.

Longtime D.C. radio voice Andy Pollin and Sirius XM producer Noah Niederhoffer talked about sports radio, but focused on podcasts, which have increased in popularity during the last few years. Niederhoffer said students should become proficient in multiple editing softwares, and Pollin said students should start early, working work to find their voice and style.

“It’s going to be you that makes you successful,” Niederhoffer said.

Workshop Session IV

Sports Photography, Working for the Team

PressBox staff photographer Kenya Allen spoke about sports photography and what he does to get the best shots. Just like a sportswriter, Allen said knowing the storylines going into a game helps to capture the best moments.

Connor Glowacki, manager of communications for DeMatha Catholic High School; Ryan Mink, editorial manager for BaltimoreRavens.com; and Tony Wyllie, senior vice president of communications for the Washington Redskins spoke about the challenges of creating content for a sports team, while also walking the fine line of protecting the team.

Both Mink and Glowacki called team content creation “walking on a tightrope,” but Mink told students there is an a plethora of jobs available working for a team.

“I would encourage you to have a wide range of skills,” Mink said. “Being able to write will separate you from your peers right now.”

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