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Inaugural OSU Sports Media Camp a Success

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Oklahoma State University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting held its  inaugural OSU Sports Media Camp June 7-10.

The camp offered high school students the chance to spend several days on the Stillwater campus learning about sports media careers.  

Initial response to the camp from students and OSU faculty alike has been highly positive. Dr. Tom Weir, Director of the School of Journalism and Broadcasting, said, “This was a great opportunity for us to give these students an inside look at a rapidly growing industry.  We are fortunate to have so many talented faculty members with a solid background in sports, and the help of so many professionals.  The camp was a perfect compliment to our new degree program.”

Part of the camp focused on training in sports play-by-play. Campers had the chance to do mock radio play-by-play for an Oklahoma Redhawks baseball game at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark and an Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz football game at the Ford Center.

Students also got the chance to report and write sports stories, record a television sportscast and participate in a mock post-game news conference with Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach James Dickey.

The eight students who enrolled in the inaugural camp were recognized Sunday
during a program emceed by the radio voice of the OSU Cowboys, Dave Hunziker, who also served as camp director. Each participant received a certificate as well as a DVD and CD documenting their work during the camp.  

The camp featured guest speakers, including veteran network television sports announcer Rod Thulin and Daily Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson.

High school students taking part in the camp included Clayton Christian, Stillwater; Adam Hildebrandt, Broken Arrow; Matthew Johnson, Tulsa; Terrah Johnson, Sallisaw; Kyle Morse, Stillwater; John Riley, Davenport; Kristen Webb, Flower Mound, TX; and Morgan Woolard, Oklahoma City.
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