Educate students and advisers: Improve your school’s media by joining ICCJA

Dear Adviser,

I’m writing to let you know about the Illinois Community College Journalism Association, housed at Eastern Illinois University, which offers training and celebrates student work by those reporting for student media across the state. We hold two conferences to help train students and advisers – in October and April. And we also hold an annual contest, which is judged by professional journalists across Illinois. You can learn more about us at this revamped website or by calling the executive director, Joe Gisondi, at 217-581-6003. You might instead want to contact our board members, whose names are cited at the top of this website.  We look forward to talking with you. BTW, the membership form and a flier for the fall conference at EIU is also included in MEMBERSHIP section down the right column of this page.

 

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Author: jgisondi

I am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.

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