Your Chance To Break Into the Industry
Yesterday I stumbled upon a pair of excellent sports journalism-themed Minor League events, and since they both involve a team from the Mike Veeck-led Goldklang Group I figured I would cover them in tandem with one another.
“The camp will give 10- to 18-year-olds the chance to learn about sports
broadcasting and meet broadcast professionals from Southwest Florida…Professional writers, TV anchors, editors and photographers will talk
about their respective professions, how they got there and what the
campers can do to prepare themselves for a career in journalism.
The highlight of the camp will be the opportunity to cover that
evening’s Miracle game. Campers will watch the game from the Hammond
Stadium press box and report on the game and their experience. Stories
will be reprinted on the Miracle’s website.”
Tonight’s event is at full capacity, and the club is already compiling a waiting list for next year. Obviously, this is a win-win situation. The camp provides aspiring sports journalists with a great opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of covering a game, while simultaneously generating increased fan interest in the Miracle.
Meanwhile…The Charleston RiverDogs announced the details of their “Fancaster Contest” yesterday. The club is currently accepting 1,000-word essays from fans who would like to try their hand in the broadcast booth. They will then select nine of these aspiring announcers, each of whom will broadcast one inning of August 23’s game against the Columbus Catfish. Here are the rest of the details:
At the conclusion of the RiverDogs-Catfish game, nine fan video clips will be
uploaded and available for voting by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 at
From Aug. 25-27, fans will have the opportunity to
vote for the best RiverDogs Fancaster fan video on http://www.fancaster.com. There
will also be a link on the RiverDogs’ website.
The winner will be
announced as the “RiverDogs’ Fancaster Fan of the Year” during Fan Appreciation
Night, which will be held as part of the RiverDogs final home game of the season
on Aug 27 against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
On the assumption a position
is available, the winner may be considered for a potential radio play-by-play
position for one of The Goldklang Group’s teams (Charleston RiverDogs, Fort
Myers Miracle, Sioux Falls Canaries, Brockton Rox, St. Paul Saints and Hudson
Valley Renegades). Being named the “RiverDogs Fancaster Fan of the Year” during
Fan Appreciation Night does not guarantee future employment.
So there you have it folks…while the winner of this contest may not be guaranteed future employment, he or she will be guaranteed to win respect and admiration as a result of heretofore unrecognized play-calling skills.
Kudos to both the Miracle and the RiverDogs for staging events for their fans that are both fun and beneficial to professional development. That’s a hard combination to pull off.