Networking opportunity given for broadcasters

Students gain chance to meet with big names in sports industry

By Taryn Ramsey
On March 30, 2017

Contributed by Dr. Herman Howard

Students interested in sports media and broadcasting will get a chance to network with some of the industry’s leaders Friday, April 7 in the Carr building.

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in Carr room 101, students will be welcome to interact with top media experts from Texas and North Carolina.

These experts will inform students on how to make connections, which will be helpful in and out of the sports media industry.

“I am eager to hear the advice they have to give,” Mckena Peregrino, senior, said. “I am about to graduate and am not sure what kind of job I want to get, so I am hoping the workshop will provide a little bit of clarity.”

Although students can enroll in a Sports Media class to learn the details, textbooks can only go so far.

“Students will be able to learn about media convergence, production, social media and how to get that first job and sell and market themselves,” Dr. Herman Howard, Department Chair of Communications and Mass Media, said.

Howard planned the workshop and is hopeful of the knowledge students can gain from the experience.

His main goal is that students learn tools such as how to network and present themselves in a notable way – and then apply those skills in the workforce.

“This is not taught in class,” Howard said. “So that’s what we plan to do – we’ll bring these folks in, these great professionals, and that’ll give students [a better chance] to learn their soft skill methods: showing the experts why they are valuable and what they can bring to the table.”

Local broadcasters, such as News Director for KLST/KSAN David Wagner, will talk to students about the industry and discuss what is going on within sports media on a smaller scale.

Then, broadcasters such as Marc Vandermeer, the former voice of the Houston Texans, will talk to students about sports media on a larger, national scale.

Eugene Robinson, a former NFL player and the former voice of the Carolina Panthers, “has done it all in the field.” Not only did Robinson win the 31st Super Bowl, he also went on to broadcast many others.

Howard is sure that Robinson can reach students through his experiences and explain how they, too, can get started in sports media.

ASU will host many other successful broadcasters for the workshop in order to get the best information to the most students.

“I also love to watch football with my family, so this will be such a fun experience in that sense,” Peregrino said.

Edit: There has been a location change. It will now be held at Plaza Verde Residence Hall in the Vista Verde Room. The time and date remains the same.

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