Getting Courtside to get the Shot

Jordan01So I got thinking if I want to be a sports journalist/blogger someday, I needed to get myself courtside to get the feeling of what it would be like to cover a game from the reporters view.

That’s when I told my dad we needed watch a Big East team play, and we need to go early. It just so happens that, Syracuse is my favorite team, so guess Jordan02what? The trip to the Carrier Dome began. It was the Orangemen against the Colgate Raiders with an audience of 21804. Tip #1: Go early. This might be the time to get down along the court when the players are warming up before security kicks you out.

Tip #2: Get to know the security guards. Be friendly with them, and let them know that you’re on a mission for a “video project/blog.” This is a good way to get inside the ropes touching the edge of the court. Much like the pros. So awesome Linda, Ms. Carrier Dome security told the two big guys, also security, to get out the way because this girl needs to get down here. There I was leaning on the courts edge with my camera, watching #20 Brandon Triche, dunk it from 10 feet away; doesn’t get much better than that.

Jordan03When I was packing my gear, planning for courtside, I don’t know what made me think of it but, I threw in an extra camera. This came in handy for my next tip. Tip #3: Take 2 cameras. One for you to do your job of covering the event and one for your sister or friend to get “behind the scenes” shots of you capturing the footage. Also, have your video camera ready, because in this game, second half Southerland stole the ball from Colgate right under SU’s basket, and dunked the ball 2 times in a row. You never know, you might need a picture or two for Facebook.

If you’re a big Orangemen fan like I am, this next tip is a perfect fit for you. Tip: #4: Get any footage you can early on, so you can spend some of your time watching the game for fun. If you want to know if you really want to do something for your career, don’t be afraid to talk to the people in charge, so you can get a feeling of things first hand. In this case, beyond front row and courtside at the Carrier Dome.


JordanWorkingJordan Rice is a junior in High School in upstate New York. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Cortland County Youth Leadership, Co-Captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, part of the Rotary Youth Leadership, a member of drama club where she acts in school plays, and treasurer of French club.

She is Editor of her school’s district newspaper The Lion's Roar sent to 1,900 readers. Jordan has been published in 2011 and 2012 in the Syracuse Post Standard for Student Voices. Some School Video News blogs include stories with the New York Giants, Orange County Choppers, Ironman 70.3, and Courtside to Get the Shot at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Jordan hopes to attend college to pursue a career in sports journalism.