Sports conference offers training, tips about media from pros

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 10.23.47 AMStudents and advisers representing 59 colleges and universities from Alaska to New York gathered in Nashville last year for an immersive two-day sports media experience they will never forget. This year’s event is bigger and better and will sell out quickly, so make your plans to attend soon.

The Sports Reporting Training Camp is not to be missed by anyone interested in becoming a better sports reporter, editor, analyst, broadcaster or teacher. The workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from the nation’s premier sports media professionals how to better inform and entertain your followers, no matter the media platform. This event, 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, multimedia sports production, sports commentary, player & coach interviews, sports talk radio, play-by-play, working with sports information directors, blogging, sideline reporting, sports broadcasting and more.

 Confirmed speakers include Buster Olney & Karl Ravech from ESPN; Lee Jenkins from Sports Illustrated; Dave Sheinin from The Washington Post; Jordan Conn from Grantland/ESPN; Rachel Whittaker from; Teresa Walker from Associated Press; Rich McVey & Mitch Light from Athlon Sports Magazines; Bill Hill from; sports authors Andrew Maraniss and Joe Gisondi; and more to come.

 A limited number of attendees may also choose to attend a “Pre-Game Training” session to be held 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 at The John Seigenthaler Center. This session will include hands-on training led by Joe Gisondi, author of Field Guide to Covering Sports, as well as guest appearances from Grantland/ESPN writer Jordan Conn and others. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided for this session and included with the registration fee.

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

The seminar is limited to 200 attendees. Sessions will run 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Attendees who arrive early Thursday evening may sign up for optional “Pre-Game” training focused on interviewing, researching, writing and editing for an additional $30 fee.


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, 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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