Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Journalism students get all-access MLB passes for spring training to produce news about Brewers

1/31/11, "Seven Arizona State University Cronkite School students will receive all-access Major League Baseball press credentials. They’ll spend two to three full days each week producing Brewers news and feature stories for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A press release notes that the students are giving up their spring break and will receive stipends to cover expenses." Jim Romenesko
  • Press release

"Cronkite Students Cover MLB Spring Training

Phoenix, 1/31/11 – Students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will produce multimedia news coverage of the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training for Wisconsin’s largest news organization.

The program, part of a new three-credit course, Multimedia Sports Reporting: Covering Spring Training, is a partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The students’ multimedia packages will appear on JSOnline.com, the Journal Sentinel’s website.

Marty Kaiser, editor and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said he was looking forward to the innovative collaboration with Cronkite.

“I am tremendously impressed with the work the Cronkite School is doing to teach exceptional young journalists in a time of great transition in journalism,” Kaiser said. “The Journal Sentinel is excited about the opportunity to work with these outstanding young journalists.”

  • Seven student reporters were competitively selected based on their resumes, professional portfolios and academic performance.

The students will receive all-access Major League Baseball press credentials and will cover training and games at both the Brewers’ home field, Maryvale Park, seven miles from the Cronkite School, and road games across the Valley. Fifteen MLB teams are now part of the Cactus League spring training in Arizona.

After four weeks of intensive classroom teaching and immersion in research about the team and its players, the students will spend two to three full days each week producing multimedia news and feature stories. The students are giving up their spring break to participate and will receive stipends to cover expenses.

Students will work under the direction of Faculty Associate Greg Boeck, a veteran sports writer with 37 years of experience, 17 of those at USA Today....

Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan called the program “a tremendous opportunity for our students to cover big-time sports for a terrific news organization using the latest multimedia reporting techniques.”"...

via Poynter.org/Romenesko

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