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News - 2015

Goshen affiliate gets coverage in the local media

The Write on Sports affiliate based at Goshen College, in Goshen, Ind., got a lot of coverage from media in the area during the camp's two-week run in July.

The Elkhart Turth carried stories from the Write on Sports Goshen camp as seventh- and eighth-graders got the chance to talk to marathon runner Justin Gillette and Elkhart Truth sports editor Bill Beck. Here’s a look at stories from the interviews written by three students. (7/8/15)

The Truth also carried reports from the campers on the visit to the camp by Errick McCollum, a Goshen College alum who is playing professional basketball in China. Here’s a look at the stories. (7/14/15)

The Elkhart newspaper also carried stories when campers spoke with WNDU’s Angelo Di Carlo and Notre Dame basketball’s Bonzie Colson. (7/14/15)

Beck wrote about his visit to the camp and how it took him back in time. It’s been a long time since Beck entered his first newsroom. He learned plenty about the next generation of writers during a visit to a Goshen College student program. (7/17/15).

In addition, Robby Howard of the Goshen News filed this story about the McCollum interview session.

Cox Communications profiles Steve Krasner and Central Falls, R.I., WoS affiliate

Writing is a skill that can shape a life, and Steve Krasner is proof. The twenty-plus years he spent working as a Boston Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal took him to the front lines of coveted sporting events while granting him access to high-profile interviews and hard to come by experiences.

Proof that a kid with a love of sports doesn't have to be a number one draft pick to compete at the highest level of the game; he just has to know how to draft a well-written article to share the story.

“Writing can take you places, and I'm the perfect example of that,” Krasner said. “I went to World Series and Super Bowls because I could write.”

Click here to see a full story and a video. (8/3/15)

Roselle Catholic affiliate wraps up second season

Eight grammar school campers, residents of Roselle, Linden, Elizabeth, Hillside and North Plainfied, completed the two-week camp session at WoS affiliate Roselle Catholic, directed by Roselle Catholic alums Joe Skrec ’84 and Erin Sisk '06, from July 6-10 and July 13-17.

A big highlight of the camp session was guest visits by journalists and athletes. The Write on Sports campers were introduced to, interviewed and wrote stories about RC athletic standouts and graduates Tyler Roberson ’13 and Kelley Jane Carvalho ’10. Roberson, The Star-Ledger’s statewide Player of the Year in 2013, when he helped spark the Lions to the Tournament of Champions title, will be a junior and starting forward at Syracuse University in September. Carvalho, who played soccer at RC and Centenary College in Hackettstown, is one of the administrating coordinators for the New York Red Bulls training programs.

Click here to see a full report on the camp. (7/20/15)

Journalist Jerry Carino helps out Roselle Catholic affiliate, gets a story out of it

Sportswriter Jerry Carino of the New Jersey Gannett chain interviewed Syracuse basketball standout, and RC alum, Tyler Roberson at the Roselle Catholic WoS affiliate's camp and filed a report for his blog on MyCentralJersey.com. (7/7/15)

WoS grads cover Yogi Berra's 90th birthday celebration

Two graduates of the Write on Sports program, Evan Easterling and Olu Olugundudu, were among the many media members covering Yogi Berra's 90th birthday party at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J. Evan is a freshmen at Philadelphia's Temple University, studying journalism. Olu, a junior at St. John’s University (NYC), is studying sports management. Both Evan and Olu are teaching interns with the Write on Sports Summer program. Click here for their report from the afternoon at the event. (5/12/15)

The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center hosted WoS students for an after-school program

The New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center, Write on Sports and the Boys & Girls Club of Newark partnered for a unique after-school program for Newark students that pooled the resources of all of the organizations. Here is a report on one group's visit to the Prudential Center:

"Seated around the NJ Devils Executive Boardroom table, a small group of dedicated students from the Boys and Girls Club of Newark listened intently as Dave Popkin conducted a mock interview with Janee Johnson. Popkin, a veteran sportscaster who has logged over 20 years covering sports for MSG, ESPN3 and current Voice of the Northeast Conference (college basketball), demonstrated how a professional sportscaster would begin an interview and the type of questions to ask that would open up the athlete for a well-rounded story. Johnson, a forward on the Seton Hall women’s basketball team recently named on the Big East Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll, provided insight to not just her game style but also some background on how she fell in love with the game.

The students took notes, raised their hands patiently to ask their questions and developed a good rhythm with Popkin and Johnson. When the group broke into “locker room style”, where the students are encouraged to move between the guests in free-form type of questioning, they continued to pepper the guests with questions. When the guests packed up to leave, Takiyah, one of the WoS/BGCN After School students, said “Today was a different experience for me. I never really get a chance to meet basketball players or people who know basketball players. It was really fun!" (4/2/15)

Click here for a full report and a video on the Devils' website.

The Alternative Press (TAP) profiles West Orange WoS after-school program

The West Orange edition of TAP, an online news source, profiled the Edison Middle School WoS program, led by teacher Kathy Jackson. This was the fourth year for the program. Manyof the students also take part in the WoS summer camp. TAP said, "Half a dozen students at Edison Middle School have just completed participation in the winter Write on Sports (WoS) After School Program, a tuition free non-profit program that receives funding from individuals, foundations and corporations." Click here to see the whole story. (3/2/15)


Yake named as a Purpose Prize Fellow.

Write on Sports founder and executive director Byron Yake, 75, of West Orange, N.J., was among 47 people honored by Encore.org, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit that is building a movement to tap the experience of people in midlife and beyond who are using their encore years – the time of traditional retirement – to undertake powerful social-impact projects.

Yake was honored in San Francisco in February by the group.

Click here for more.

News - 2016