Sports Media Workshop

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2005 CLYDE HIRTSPORTS MEDIA WORKSHOPAt The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.Hambletonian Weekend, August 4-6

“This is an exceptional opportunity for students interested in any field of communications.” — Kathryn Fleming, Penn State University

“Working with real professionals made all the difference.” — Jason McLeod, St. Thomas University, Nova Scotia

“The selected speakers and their topics could not have been better.” — Scott Hinckley, University of Arizona

Join us for the third annual Clyde Hirt Sports Media Workshop, which is held in conjunction with the Hambletonian, harness racing’s most prestigious race. This workshop offers communications students a chance to learn from professionals while covering a major sporting event.

Students will interact with a variety of sports professionals; write race preview and results stories for daily newspapers; and attend workshop sessions with experts from print, broadcasting, public relations and other media. In addition, the three-day seminar features behind-the-scenes tours of Continental Airlines Arena and Giants Stadium.

The $1.5 million Hambletonian is televised nationally by CBS and annually attracts a crowd of more than 30,000.

Guest speakers have included: NBA-TV producer Neal Baker, WNBC-TV sportscaster Bruce Beck, New York Daily News editor Adam Berkowitz, New York Post horseracing writer Debbie Little, Associated Press sports writer Rich Fisher, Newark Star-Ledger Yankees beat writer Dan Graziano, Associated Press photographer Mark Hall, CBS producers Steve Nagler and Chris Svendsen and CBS and TVG sportscasters Gary Seibel and Caton Bredar.

On Hambletonian Day, students are paired with professionals from their field of interest and assist in covering the race. Students can write stories, take photographs, work in the CBS production truck, and assist with public/media relations.

By-line stories written by students have appeared in numerous newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press, Louisville Courier-Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Syracuse Post-Standard.

Workshop participants are responsible for their transportation and cost of their accommodations, which can be shared. Ground transportation and meals will be provided for the three days of the program, Thursday through Saturday. Complete details regarding the workshop will be available upon application. The deadline for applications is July 1.

Students should send a letter of interest to Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 41 Route 34, Colts Neck, NJ 07722 or e-mail Anne Doolin at [email protected]. For additional information, call 732-780-3700.

The Clyde Hirt Sports Media Workshop is named in honor of the late Clyde Hirt, a longtime newsman and racing writer whose work appeared in the New York Daily Mirror, American Weekly, the Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, Daily Racing Form and Sports Eye. He is a member of the Writers’ Corner in the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. The U.S. Harness Writers Association and Harness Horse Youth Foundation sponsor the workshop.