Being a Student Journalist – Jake Hall – Sports Information Department

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   I have spent most of my time doing small projects, but nothing too big. I have ran scoreboard for some baseball/softball games. I was informed that we will be working a golf tournament at Calloway Gardens! I am not sure what I will be doing yet, but it is pretty cool. I have been working hard for the Saber as well lately.

My latest article was on the upcoming retirement of Rick Cravens. Cravens is the Assistant Director of Outdoor adventures. He orchestrates and coordinates events that students can partake in such as skydiving, rafting, and hiking. One of his top achievements was getting the student recreation center approved, designed and built. He pitched the idea for years before it was approved. That’s right, the big, fancy building across from the Lumpkin Center was the brain child of Cravens. He has spent thirty years as the Director of Intramural Sports and will retire at the end of July.

As for the Saber itself, it has a new website. It is still being configured and upgraded but it does not look that bad. It can be found here. We also voted for a new Editor-in-Chief. We will find out the results of the election shortly, but that is exciting. I have two more issues left this semester so it is time to finish strong.

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CSU Soccer Team Travels Abroad – Jake Hall – Sports Information

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The CSU Lady Cougar soccer team departed for England earlier this week as part of a study abroad program. They will take classes while seeing the many historical sites that England provides. They will record each step of their trip, and give a presentation on what they learned and experienced while over there.

The exciting part me, as a fan and a writer for the Saber, is that while in England they will play matches against three women’s English professional teams. This is a first for our institution, so I am very excited to watch. You can keep up with their trip here.

As part of both the Saber and the Sports Information Department I attended their press conference to get interviews. WTVM, WRBL, CSU TV, and the CSU podcast team were all there. I got the interviews of two players, the soccer coach, and CSU President Dr. Tim Mescon. It should be a neat story to write.

Another big story that I am keeping my eye on currently is CSU Athletic Director Jay Sparks stepped down from his position to take the job as the new coach of the Francis Marion lady basketball team. It was quite sudden and unexpected, but I am happy for Coach Sparks. He was friend and a reliable source of information. I conducted multiple interviews for multiple articles with him, and he always took time to sit down with the Saber. I hate to see him go, but it will be exciting to see the athletic program grow with a new vision at the forefront. For those wondering why Coach Sparks would leave his position as AD to return to the sidelines, it is as they say: once a coach, always a coach.

Jake Hall-Learning the Thrills of PR Writing

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Getting ready to take notes from the game!

I have had a busy couple of weeks. I am learning that the duties of a student-intern can be challenging. I have had two tests in the week since my last post plus an article due for the Saber last Friday and coming up with a new one for the next issue. I also worked two different sporting events.

My first event was a men and women’s basketball game Thursday night. The Director of the S.I.D., Cara Lynn Teague, showed me how they set up the press area for a game and then she informed of what I have been waiting to hear; I was going to get my chance to write a game recap. It was only of the women’s game, which CSU won, but it was finally meaningful experience for me. It was a very rewarding experience. If you want to read it then here is my article.

Saturday was day two of the Cougar Classic. The Cougar Classic is a three day softball event hosted by CSU. Friday the S.I.D. was fully staffed so I had a great day off. So, I worked day two of the Cougar Classic. I ran scoreboard all day, which accounted for three straight games. It was fun but mainly because I got to watch three really great games (CSU went 1-1 for the day).

As for the rest of my life, I got my article turned in Friday. I ended up doing two articles. One article was on CSU baseball and the other was on our softball team. I have found that PR writing is slightly funner (funner is not a word but I like it). I can show my obvious bias towards CSU sports and it is just easier for me to write. I have taken one test and now I am studying for another. I will say that although my life is busy, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with the S.I.D. and everything else that keeps my life in motion.