“Calling the Game” sportscasting camp recently wrapped, sponsored by the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications along with the Arizona Coyotes and FOX Sports. I was lucky enough to attend both the high school and middle school camps.
Middle school campers went to the Cronkite School of Journalism. High school campers went to the Gila River Arena in Glendale. I watched the Coyotes practice, and Matt McConnell, the current play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Coyotes, talked to us. McConnell suggested that aspiring sports broadcasters or play-by-play announcers go into sales after finishing college.
Having that on your resume can help because if you’re good at sales, you’re most likely good at talking so potential employers will want to hire you!
Kristen Keogh, weather anchor, sports host and entertainment reporter for 12 News and a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism, talked to us and gave us advice on how to talk to other people during interviews.
Keogh also told us that in order to make more conversation with players and have them be more comfortable with the reporter, to get information about the player (family history, etc.) before interviewing them. She also spoke to us about talking to different types of people and last-minute interviews of people she had never met.
The camp helped with techniques if I choose to be a play-by-play announcer in the future. I also know that the Cronkite School of Journalism will be the best school for me because of the many opportunities.