Povich Center Wraps Up Sixth Annual Summer Camp


Povich Center Wraps Up Sixth Annual Summer Camp
Jul 16, 2019

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism wrapped up its sixth annual summer camp last week.

Fifty-five campers from five different states and Washington, D.C., descended upon the University of Maryland’s Knight Hall July 8-12 for a week packed with expert speakers and valuable hands-on experience.

Here’s a recap of what our campers did each day:


Camp kicked off with a sports media overview featuring Baltimore Sun senior sports editor Josh Land, NBC Sports managing editor Nina Mandell and Athletic-Baltimore senior staff writer Jeff Zrebiec. All three panelists shared advice with our campers on how to succeed in print, online and TV.

Following the panel, campers headed over to Xfinity Center for a tour of the basketball facilities and spoke with sports information director Rose DiPaula about what it’s like to work for a team.

Sports Information Director Rose DiPaula speaks with Povich campers.


Our second day of camp started off with the basics of writing a story with Merrill College professor of practice Kevin Blackistone.

Merrill College professor of practice Kevin Blackistone teaches campers the basics of writing a story.

Blackistone broke down the basics of a game story, including how to establish a lead, how to incorporate quotes and how to use stats to enhance your story. Campers were able to ask questions and seek advice for their own stories.

Later, women’s basketball players Shakira Austin and Taylor Mikesell hosted a mock-news conference, during which campers asked questions about the typical day of an athlete, the recruiting process and how the players deal with the media.

The afternoon featured a sports photography session with former Washington Post photographer Joel Richardson and a sports video session with Merrill professor Joe Yasharoff.


On our busiest day of camp, all 55 campers and their counselors loaded two buses for a trip to Capitol One Arena to see the Washington Mystics take on the Phoenix Mercury. The students covered the game like a reporter and attended a postgame news conference with guards Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Kiara Leslie.

Campers attend a postgame news conference with guards Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Kiara Leslie.

After the game, the campers returned to Knight Hall to work on their game stories.


Campers spent a lot of time on Thursday finishing their game stories and stating work on their own camp projects, in which they were asked to write a story, record a podcast or shoot a video of any story they thought was worth telling.

Campers gather around Amy Rosewater to have their game stories critiqued.

In the afternoon, the students had their game stories critiqued by Alan Goldenbach, an associate professor at Hood College, Amy Rosewater, a former sportswriter for The New York Times and Washington Post and Kate Yanchulis, a Ph.D. student at Merrill College.

In between work on their stories, campers also participated in sessions on social media with USA Today’s Casey Moore and sports radio with 106.7 The Fan’s Andy Pollin.


The last day of camp began with a presentation from University of Maryland freshman admission counselor Adrian Rodriguez, who offered advice on applying to college and gave tips for a successful admission process.

The highlight of the day included lunch with ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkjian, who spoke with the campers about covering the grind that is baseball season and offered reporting and writing tips.

Povich Center director George Solomon leads a discussion with Tim Kurkjian.

Camp concluded with the presentations of the campers’ individual projects, which included written stories and podcasts on topics ranging from international swimming, the NFL Draft, NBA All-Stars, the college football playoff system and more.

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