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High School Students Come to Cronkite for Sports Broadcast Boot Camp

July 20, 2017


Sports Camp

Arizona Cardinals Multimedia Reporter Lisa Matthews talks to students about interviewing athletes.


Thirty-one high school students from 15 states will report on professional sports teams and get training in sports journalism as part of the Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp at Arizona State University.

The two-week residential summer program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication partners with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Mercury, the Phoenix Rising FC Soccer club and other professional sports teams to give high school students live sports reporting experiences.

“I’m excited to expose the next generation of sports broadcasters to our great facilities and a thriving sports community,” said Cronkite Professor of Practice Paola Boivin, the former longtime Arizona Republic sports columnist who directs the camp. “Journalism remains an important profession, and these students will learn from the best.”

Students do play-by-play and sideline reporting, studio producing and live on-air reporting in the classroom and on the field. The program’s instructors and speakers come from FOX Sports Arizona, the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals, among others. Outside of the classroom, students learn from veteran journalists working in the field at Arizona Sports, KMVP-FM, and the sports departments at 12 News, KPNX-TV, and FOX 10, KSAZ-TV.

With access to the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, students are able to create video stories from the field and in-studio sportscasts. For their final project, they produce an interactive media website.

The camp, which is in its third year, runs from July 16-30. Students are housed at Taylor Place residence hall on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

“It’s amazing to see how this program continues to grow," said Cronkite Assistant Dean Mark Lodato, who oversees the sports programs at the Cronkite School. “The camp offers extraordinary experiences for students considering sports journalism in college. We sincerely appreciate the support of our local media and sports organizations that make this camp possible.”

2017 Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp Participants
Egan Adler
Bloomfield, New Jersey

Jonathan Altman
Livingston New Jersey

Joshua Belgrad
Scottsdale, Arizona

Colin Bock
Lake Oswego, Oregon

Carson Breber
Oakland, California

Michael Bushnick
Mesa, Arizona

Griffin Epstein
Petaluma, California

Ike Everard

Peyton Gallaher
Knoxville, Tennessee

Royall Headroe

Jack Johnson
San Jose, California

Teddy Kole
Irvine, California

Gareth Kwok
Lafayette, California

Mason Larson
West Hills, California

Elise Lewison
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Conor McGill
Hughson, California

Jackson McHaney
Royse City, Texas

Samuel O'Connell
Walnut Creek, California

Edwin Perez

Travis Politakis
Montgomery, Texas

Ashlyn Register
Oviedo, Florida

Duncan Rogers
Manchester, Maine

Ari Saltzman
Omaha, Nebraska

Jack Sarlls

Haley Smilow
Bronx, New York

Dominic Stearn
Carlsbad, California

Connor Taylor
Greensboro, North Carolina

Carvel Tefft
Piedmont, California

Marguerite Wolanske
Greenwich, Connnecticut

Belen Zaragoza
La Mirada, California

Harrison Zhang
Irvine, California