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”.