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ASU sports broadcast summer camp opens registration

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February 02, 2015

High school students who are interested in sports broadcasting can cover professional teams and learn from top journalists through a high-impact summer camp at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp is an on-campus residential summer camp open to high school students from across the country. The camp runs from July 19 through July 31 and includes sports broadcast training sessions and trips to cover professional sports teams.

Registration is currently open. Early-bird registration ends March 1; regular registration ends May 1. Space is limited.

Last year, 30 students from 14 states covered Arizona Diamondbacks baseball at Chase Field; Arizona Cardinals football training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium; and Phoenix Mercury basketball at the US Airways Center. Students also visited area news organizations, such as FOX Sports Arizona, a partner of the Broadcast Boot Camp.

“Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp exposes high school students of all skill levels to one of journalism’s most exciting fields,” said Mark Lodato, Cronkite School assistant dean, who leads the school’s sports journalism program. “The camp offers extraordinary opportunities for anyone considering sports broadcasting in college.”

At the camp, students are housed at the Taylor Place residence hall on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Tuition includes housing, meals and transportation during camp, as well as access to broadcast equipment, field trips and professional instruction.

The Cronkite School is home to a major sports journalism degree program that offers ASU students unmatched access to sports media classes and dozens of professional experiences. The program features full-immersion sports bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles, where ASU students get real-world reporting experience. Students regularly cover Major League Baseball spring training for national media outlets, and other major events, such as Super Bowl XLIX.