By Mitch McClure Courier Staff,
Photo by Vinia Raymundo
When it comes to journalism there is no replacement for real-life experience. Sitting in a classroom learning the ins and outs of the trade is a great foundation, but at some point practical experience is a neccisity.
That is one reason students from the Sports Journalism program at Centennial College flew to Tampa Bay, Florida during reading week.
They were there to cover a veriety of sporting events, but most notably Major League Baseball’s spring training. This assignment is an annual pilgrimage that has no equal in Canada. This is the second year for the trip with an excited group of thirty-two students attending.
Student journalists split into three groups and were assigned to different teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies’ and Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league camps, and the Baltimore Oriole’s major league camp. Students also covered NCAA events like golf and tennis.
Many journalists submitted articles that were published by news outlets such as Rogers Sportsnet, the Toronto Sun, Golf Canada, and the Toronto Observer.
Vinia “Binky” Raymundo is a student that participated and wrote articles featuring Blue Jays pitcher Sean Nolin and NCAA golfer Albin Choi.
She followed Albin Choi throughout his tournament which he ended up winning. She had many fun times but her favorite part of the trip was the experience itself.
“It’s being able to meet all these players. It’s only the first semester and we got a chance to do this,” Raymundo said. “My article got published so it’s already something on my resume right away.”
The first semester still consists of sitting in a Blue Jays press box during a game against the White Sox. The program tackles writing, television, radio, and a variety of learning tools that help students become versatile once they jump into the sports industry. Many students really enjoy this one-year program as Raymundo explained what makes it so fun and interesting.
“It’s the hands-on stuff. We’re not learning out of a book and we’re hardly ever in class,” she said.
“When we get our assignments, we actually have to go out and conduct the interviews ourselves.”