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 am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.
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