I’m tired but up and quacking out after covering last night’s LI Ducks game. Covering an event is much different than attending an event. I always wondered about that when I saw a press team or photographers at a sporting event or concert. The game was fun in a really different way because you have a completely different perspective while working rather than attending; every time I was in foul territory and wandered off trying to snap a good picture, I felt a fear of getting hit by a ball.
Early into the reporting, I snapped a shot of a grown man with a “quacker” in his mouth, getting the crowd excited. Then he ran off chasing somebody that I’m assuming he recognized. Towards the end of the night, I remembered that when somebody is clearly identifiable in a picture you need his or her identity and I panicked; my eyes started racing through the general area where I caught the picture and I couldn’t find him. Then I noticed a man setting up a group of people for a picture and when I turned around I found the man taking a picture! Thus I got his name and where he is from. It was a a quacktastic evening from pictures to interviews to getting dirty looks from a couple die-hard Duck fans as I searched for a Bridgeport Blue Fish fans in what clearly appeared to be a home cozier than a pond for these Ducks.
Before the field trip, I must include that Newsday’s own Bob Herzog talked to us about his career covering sports and also about sports journalism, which in a way I think of it as a basis because everything else you that one can cover is sort of his or her “sport” and there are specific aspects that primarily pertain to sports reporting, but if you change the subject those techniques can help other types of reporting. After Bob’s lesson, Connie Conway gave a quick lesson that followed with a lot of hands on about television news.
Before the game, we visited Newsday and got to see how vast it is. Bob came along with us to Newsday (and the Ducks game), inside Newsday there were some writers and editors working quietly, but they were also welcoming. We also got to partially see the printing press at Newsday and learn about the paper’s history. Honestly, I didn’t know how large of a paper Newsday is, which made the experience so much cooler getting to know about its growth. All in all, the day was a fastball with a drop of knowledge that fit just right.