I had the opportunity to attend the Blogs with Balls 4 conference this past Saturday in New York City. I’ll have a complete wrap-up of the event during tonight’s Sports Media Weekly Podcast with Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites.
I also had a chance to conduct a few interviews with some of those at the conference. Here is the first one…a talk with Chris Lucas of HHR Media, the organizers of the event..
What a great way to end the year than with a Sports Media Journal original video.
I have always claimed that the sports media realm exists beyond television, radio, print, and the Internet. That’s the case today as I speak with Brian Fox, a Massachusetts-based sports artist who has done well for himself producing pieces for such clients as Major League Baseball and Topps. He was also commissioned to produce artwork for this Friday’s NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
One of the opportunities the Communications staff at ESPN afforded reporters during last week’s media workshop was the ability to shadow a production assistant.
There are dozens of production assistants working on various segments for either SportsCenter or other studio programs.
I had the opportunity to shadow David Dreyfuss. David has worked at ESPN as a P.A. for over six years. This night he was working on a segment for Baseball Tonight. Our conversation took place at approximately 9:35pm and he was working on deadline for the 10:00pm edition of the show.
As part of my time at the ESPN Media Workshop the last two days I had the opportunity to interview Tom Jackson, NFL analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. In this piece Jackson talks about his 23 years with ESPN and his relationship with Chris Berman…
Another member of the mainstream media at the Blogs with Balls conference was Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com. Here is our conversation on what he hoped to get out of the conference…
Tannenwald had quite a bit more to say about the conference at Philly.com. Here is his review of the conference. Here are Q&A’s with organizers Chris Lucas and Dan Poiva of HHR Media. And one with Deadspin editor AJ Daulerio.
That’s all the video we have from Blogs with Balls. Overall it was a wonderful opportunity to network with other bloggers and to learn from those who have been successful in making writing online their passion and profession. It was well worth the trip.