We’re in the process of launching a sports journalism initiative within UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. We’re hiring a couple of folks to teach, research and think about sports, so to get ready, we decided to try out this silly idea my colleague Prof. Jim Biddle and I came up with last spring – let’s take a bunch of reporters, photojournalists and video journalists out to a high school game and see what they make of it.
If this goes further, we might make it into a sports magazine web site, complete with written stories, video packages and still photos. To try it out, Friday night we took 19 students to a local game. Here’s what they looked like …
Since shooting sports is one of the hardest ways for a photographer to make money, why not offer a business class or two? At least teach them not to shoot on spec and how to say no.
While we don’t have a separate class on business practices, we do talk about it a lot more than we used to in each of the photojournalism courses. Would be great to get a journalism business practices class in here, though, that’s for sure.
I’m very excited for this awesome Grady news! I would have loved to do some sports journalism during my time at Grady. I wish the best of luck to all of you!