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High School Students to Receive Hands-On Experience at Sports Broadcast Boot Camp

July 12, 2019
Broadcast Boot Camp

High school students from across the country are spending two weeks at the Cronkite School covering professional sports teams and experiencing what life is like as college students.

Thirty-two high school students from 17 states are coming to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for two weeks of learning, discussions and hands-on experiences in sports journalism.

During the fifth annual Sports Broadcast Boot Camp, which begins Sunday and runs through July 27, students will learn play-by-play, studio producing and live on-air reporting both in the classroom and in the field. They’ll cover the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Rising FC as well as ASU teams, creating polished media packages for broadcast, podcasting, print, radio and television.

"This is always one of my favorite times of the year. I love introducing high school students from all over the country not only to our sports teams but to a Cronkite School that I so strongly believe in," said Cronkite Professor of Practice Paola Boivin, former sports columnist for The Arizona Republic and a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. "One of my favorite things about the camp is the friendships that form. It's amazing what two weeks living and working under the same roof will do."

Students will tour radio and television studios in Phoenix and receive educational and career guidance from Cronkite faculty and professional sports journalists. They will be housed at Taylor Place residence hall on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus and experience what life is like as college students.

The camp is open to high school students from across the country, and no prior journalism experience is required. Tuition includes housing, meals and transportation during camp as well field trips, professional instruction and access to the school’s state-of-the-art broadcast equipment.

The residential summer program is offered in partnership with the Diamondbacks, Mercury and Phoenix Rising FC.

The Cronkite School is home to sports journalism degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The programs are focused on hands-on experience, including full-immersion sports bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles, where students report, write and produce sports content for professional media outlets.

2019 Sports Broadcast Boot Camp Participants:

  • James Adams, North Oaks, Minnesota
  • Mason Arneson, Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • Zach Bradshaw, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Judah Brody, Goleta, California
  • Hayden Cilley, Glendale, Arizona
  • Sam Datin, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Matthew Dodaro, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Daniel Eaves, Atlanta
  • Olivia Eisenhauer, Olathe, Kansas
  • Connor Eubanks, Seabrook, Texas
  • Kaiden Fesler, Tolleson, Arizona
  • Joshua Finehirsh, Newport Beach, California
  • Finn Garrison, Walnut Creek, California
  • Ashley Hamett, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Harris Hicks, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Asher Hyre, Centennial, Colorado
  • Makenzi Johnson, Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Tyler Larry, Loganville, Georgia
  • Jackson Lev, Westport, Connecticut
  • Andrew Martinez, Las Vegas
  • Jason Mazer, Short Hills, New Jersey
  • Samuel Nute, Morgan Hill, California
  • Madeline Schmitke, Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Jacob Singer, Paradise Valley, Arizona
  • Walker Smith, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jeb Stevenson, Edgeworth, Pennsylvania
  • Aaron Tandatnick, Edgeworth, Florida
  • Mia Torres, Felton, California
  • Ethan Tuttle, Clive, Iowa
  • Dorian VanCoppenolle, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Gabrielle Waslewski, Franklin, Massachusetts
  • Ari Wohl, Laguna Niguel, California