With live sports currently canceled for the season, sports media students may be unsure on how to further develop and practice their technical skills for their future careers? Sports Media Associate Professor, Galen Clavio, offers tips and tricks for staying in the game this semester while practicing safe social distancing.
Clavio stresses the importance of developing skill sets to prepare for rewarding careers in sports media. Even without the option of hands-on skill building on and off the field, “that doesn’t mean that you have to stop learning and stop developing skills.” He goes on by offering these tips below to help fill the void of the in-person sports media student experience.
- Practice your on-camera delivery using your phone or webcam
- Create a podcast
- Develop new ideas for stories you want to write
- Hone your social media or production software skills
- Watch old sports broadcasts on YouTube and take notes or even put the video on mute and practice broadcasting the game
- Put together a demo reel with the help of IU Alum and NFL Anchor, Rhett Lewis
In addition to these suggestions, Clavio also encourages students to subscribe to newsletters and emails lists to stay informed on industry trends and job listings. There are several out there, and he suggests the following:
Need some additional help to get the ball rolling? Make an appointment with your Walter Center career coach to cheer you on along the way.