Students at the Write on Sports camp in Newark watch as WoS Program Director Dr. Erik Jacobson works with another student on his long-form feature story.
WoS gala honors teachers, students, literacy
Experienced writers and teachers understand that writing becomes more enjoyable when you write about something you love. The concept of Write on Sports (WOS) is to teach youth to write by teaching them to write about sports, a subject they are passionate about
During their time in Write on Sports, students learn the basic elements of good journalism and apply their knowledge to writing spot stories and a feature piece. As part of the learning process, WOS introduces youth to professional journalists and athletes, whom they interview and then write about. Students also write scripts and produce videos in a broadcast studio or on computers. They blog about events they attend, guests they have interviewed, or opinions they have about sports. Write on Sports encourages critical thinking, and students are expected to revise their stories multiple times in order to improve their work
WOS holds summer camps and after-school programs. A camp includes between 24 to 30 students and the student-teacher ratio is about 4:1 so that each student receives personalized assistance. Certified teachers are hired from the local school district and pre-service teachers working on their degrees work at their side. Each after-school program has about a dozen students, with staff drawn from the host school
The focus of Write on Sports is middle school youth – particularly the student in the sixth or seventh grade who shows promise and can benefit from such a program. Students are invited to return a second and sometimes a third year if they want to build on what they learn. Although it does require effort on the part of the students, we make the program fun. We seek to inspire and to encourage all the students we work with to become more confident writers
Write on Sports, a non-profit, receives funding from individuals, foundations and corporations. It is tuition free.
WoS adds two to board; names advisory council chair
“WoS is poised for thoughtful, planned growth,” said Johnson.”Its programs have brought important and sustained benefits to those whose lives it touches.”
In other board action, Doug Lavanture was appointed Chair of the Advisory Council. Lavanture is Director of Business Operations for Bloomberg LP’s Global Data department. Previously he worked as a news desk editor and producer for Bloomberg Television. He serves as president of the Badminton Club of New York, which was founded in 1878.
Write on Sports, founded by Byron Yake, a former Associated Press sports editor and executive, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.
Write on Sports students attended a Seton Hall basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark January 7 and covered the game just like the professional journalists at the game.
The students met with a reporter, Jerry Carino, before the game, then covered the game and took part in postgame interviews in the Seton Hall lockerroom with other reporters.
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Write on Sports, Inc., has added two directors, Dev Gandhi and PJ Johnson to its board, bringing the total number of WoS directors to 10.
Gandhi is the International Business Manager/COO for the International Capital Market Groups at Mitsubishi UFG (MUFG). He is also the current Vice President of the Yale Club of New York, the largest university-affiliated club in the world.
Johnson is the Managing Partner at RiversideStrategic, a PR firm which specializes in the financial industry.
Prior to founding RiversideStrategic, he established and directed corporate communications in the Americas for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. and Nomura.
WoS students cover a Seton Hall hoops game
A large crowd turned out on Sept. 14 in Newark for the annual WoS gala.
The gala honored teachers, students and three Literacy Champions.
This year's honorees include Lindsay Berra, Hubie Brown and King Rice. Peter King was again the gala's master of ceremonies.
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