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"Sports Reporting: A Day with the Pros"

Arizona Republic and Cronkite Community Conversations Event

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 9:30am

Azcentral sports is teaming up with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to offer sports enthusiasts a behind-the-scenes look at Major League Baseball and baseball coverage in the Valley.

Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan will lead a conversation with sports columnist Dan Bickley on changes in how the media covers sports. That will be followed by a conversation about what it’s like to be a sports beat writer with Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro and Greg Boeck, a longtime sports reporter for USA Today who now teaches at the Cronkite School.

After lunch, the group will reconvene at The Arizona Republic two blocks from the Cronkite School for taping of a segment of “Sports Tonight,” the 12 News weekly sports show, and a question-and-answer session with sports anchor Bruce Cooper. Standard ticket holders will stay for a discussion with Karina Bohn, vice president of marketing and Cullin Maxey, executive vice president for business operations from the Diamondbacks, moderated by Tim McGuire, Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Cronkite School, and a tour of the Republic’s newsroom.

Once at the ballpark, the group will meet with Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall, followed by a session with Republic sports reporters who will talk about how they use social media and invite participants to tweet and share photos on azcentral.com during the game.

Tickets for the day-long event, including free parking at the Republic Media garage, are $100 per person. A limited number of premium tickets have already sold out at $150 each. The premium package includes a pre-game press briefing with Diamondbacks team members at the stadium and an exclusive tour of the ballpark with Josh Rawitch, the Diamondback’s vice president of communications and an adjunct faculty member at the Cronkite School.

Registration is limited to 100 people. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Cronkite Theater, Room 202
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004