Here’s an opportunity to learn from premier sports media pros

College students and faculty will have the opportunity to spend two days with the nation’s premier sports media professionals during the second College Media Sports Reporting Training Camp scheduled Feb. 6-7 in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL Predators.  Last year, the conference sold out quickly, so register early to take part in this amazing learning opportunity. Look forward to seeing you there.

CMA sports 2015 copyHere’s more detailed information from our promotional materials:

College sports media students, advisers and faculty can spend two days at Training Camp and learn from the nation’s premier sports media professionals how to better inform and entertain your followers, no matter the media platform. This one-of-a-kind opportunity exclusively for college media will tackle sports storytelling, game analysis, social media and on-air radio and television.

Sessions will address topics such as game coverage, feature writing, sports commentary, player & coach interviews, sports talk radio, play-by-play, working with sports information directors, blogging, sideline reporting, and sports broadcasting.

Confirmed and likely speakers include Buster Olney, ESPN; Dan Wolken, USA Today; Mitch Light & Rich McVey, Athlon Sports Magazines; Teresa Walker, Associated Press; Tyler Kepner, New York Times; Bill Hill, MLB.com; Rob Shaw, Facebook sports; Andrew Maraniss, author of “Strong Inside;” Joe Gisondi, author of “Field Guide to Covering Sports;” representatives from the NHL, NFL and SEC Network; sports radio personalities; and more. Watch sportsreporting.org for changes and confirmations.

Registration for the workshop is $99 and includes a ticket for  each participant to attend the 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7
NHL Predators vs. New York Rangers hockey game.

Workshop attendees are free to choose from among numerous lodging options in the Nashville area. Check out this event site
for suggestions or for information about the event.

To register and secure your seat before they’re gone, CLICK HERE.

Additional questions about the workshop may be directed to Chris Carroll at chris.carroll@vanderbilt.edu.

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About jgisondi

I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. Now, I teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University and work as an editor for Landof10.com, a vertical that focuses on Big Ten athletics. A second edition of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports" will be available sometime in February 2017. The book is a practical guide to preparing, observing, interviewing and writing about 20 different sports, from auto racing to wrestling. Chapters also address ways to cover high school sports, fantasy sports, to develop sports blogs. You can also learn how to cover games, to write features and to interview better. Fans can also learn basic rules of these sports, along with ways to better observe the action. New chapters in the second edition will address social media, advanced analytics, fantasy sports coverage and revised, expanded chapters address game coverage, features and columns, among other new sections.
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