Monday, July 13, 2009

Rebecca Haarlow's Sports Broadcast Camp

I’m very excited to announce Rebecca Haarlow’s Sports Broadcast Camp. Ever since I embarked upon a career in sports journalism, it has been a goal of mine to teach future broadcasters and hosts for two reasons: there is a lack of training geared specifically to sports broadcasters and even fewer television studios available for proper education.

After I graduated from Princeton University, I was trying to gain experience in sports broadcasting and noticed a lack of training available for people breaking into the business. There are plenty of weekend seminars offered for news anchors and reporters, but not many that cater to sports journalists, even though there are many people who pursue the career.

Not only is there a lack of options specific to sports broadcasters, but it is also very difficult to find a place to train properly. Not many students have access to teleprompters, studios, professional cameras and other equipment required not only to learn and practice, but also build resume tapes needed to ultimately score a job.

In an effort to fill these voids, Rebecca Haarlow’s Sports Broadcast Camp is geared toward sports journalists specifically and will also be taught in the Portland Trail Blazers game day studios, giving students the opportunity to learn the business and walk away with reel segments and on-camera experiences to build resumes. In addition, local professionals, as well as different Blazers broadcasters and producers, will be on hand to teach different elements of the business. The goal is to give students hands-on experience and training in all aspects of sports broadcasting. What’s it like to be a sports broadcaster? How can you answer that unless you have spent time in a live studio with the cameras rolling? Rebecca Haarlow’s Sports Broadcast Camp gives students that opportunity.

Sports broadcasting requires a specific set of skills. Camp will focus on analyzing and breaking down an NBA game, learning the keys to a successful standup, anchor copy, and working with a co-host, all while incorporating personality. Class sizes are limited so students will have the opportunity to spend plenty of time in front of the camera, gaining as much experience as possible in all areas of broadcasting.

In conjunction with the spirit of the Trail Blazers efforts to “Make It Better”, Rebecca Haarlow’s Sports Broadcast Camp will also offer free seminars to various local Portland area schools with students in need. I think it’s important to reach into the community an offer this opportunity to anyone who aspires to become a sports broadcaster. For more information or to sign-up for camp, log onto and click on “sports broadcast camp”.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Adopt a Trail Blazer at OHS

Last night was the first annual "Adopt A Trail Blazer" event in which a dog, cat or a rabbit was named after every Trail Blazer player and broadcaster. Lots of Blazers fans came out and showed there support... 5 animals and counting have already found new homes! A BIG THANKS to everyone who made this event a success.

From Oregon Live:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Adopt A Trail Blazer!!

* Meet players and pets that have great game. Take one home and get a signing bonus! *

March 24, 2009


These pets may not be able to dunk a basketball or shoot a three-pointer, but they are full of heart, ready to play, and come with a great signing bonus. That's why the Portland Trail Blazers will be celebrating "Team OHS" at a special free-agent adoption event this month.

Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla and guard Steve Blake will be at OHS on March 24th to help find permanent family teams for animals named after Trail Blazer players.

The public is invited to OHS to meet Przybilla, Blake and the starting lineup of Team OHS. Trail Blazers TV broadcasters Mike Barrett and Rebecca Haarlow will be on hand to announce the starting lineup of furry four-legged friends, including Oden, a big, loveable Labrador mix who is sure to be a hit with fans. Every dog, cat and rabbit named after a Blazer player comes with a special signing bonus: a gift bag of Blazer and OHS goodies to sweeten the adoption deal.

“These animals are amazing. They always give you everything they’ve got,” said Trail Blazer guard Steve Blake. “Once you see the spirit of these pets, you’ll want to take them home,” added courtside reporter Haarlow.

OHS will have “tryout” rooms ready that the public can use to see how well their new power player can fetch a toy, roll over, or curl up in their lap and purr.

When: Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Oregon Humane Society, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland OR 97211

What: Trail Blazers players Joel Przybilla and Steve Blake, plus broadcasters Mike Barrett and Rebecca Haarlow, oversee a special free-agent draft of “Team OHS." The public is invited to adopt animals named after Blazer players.

Cost: Free

For more info: Contact OHS at (503) 285-7722;

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