September 26, 2014
By: Billy Hartman @billyhartman15
This past summer I had the pleasure of interning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, aka the NSCAA. This was one of the two World Cup trips offered by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. I had the pleasure of going to Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, and Cologne – all to cover the World Cup from a European’s perspective.
I learned quite a lot this pat summer. I didn’t just learn about Sports Public Relations and Sports Journalism, but a lot about the different cultures from around the globe. We read about Paris and the Eiffel Tower, but it’s completely different when you’re walking underneath the Tower – such a cool experience, by the way!
Three things that I learned this summer:
- Be Ready for Anything. Since we were in Europe, we didn’t have the pleasure of using 3G or 4G when out and about. Meaning, we had to put all of our trust in our hotel’s Wi-Fi. Let me tell you that did not go so well. In Paris, we crashed our hotel’s Wi-Fi because so many of us were trying to upload videos and stories. The challenge we faced was trying to post things in real time. We were 6 hours ahead in Europe – that meant when the USA game started at 6:00 pm in America, it was midnight in Paris. So, we were up extremely late and working with terrible Internet, but after a few days we adapted. That leads me into my second point…
- Be Adaptable. I served as the co-host of NSCAA’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup. Whatever the producer told me to do, I had to do – and do it quickly. In Paris everyone wanted to take group pictures with the Eiffel Tower; however, we only had 20 minutes. In those 20 minutes, I had to take pictures, and also bust out my intro and outro – in one take. It was stressful, but I adapted. I think being ready for anything and adapting quickly is something essential in the PR/Journalism world. Lucky for me, I didn’t have too much trouble with it because I loved what I was doing and who I was working with. Which again, leads to my next point…
- I love Sports, Journalism, PR, and the Students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Late nights, long days, no Internet, carrying camera bags and tripods, and laptops everywhere – none of that bothered me. I learned how much I love what I do. Not only did I get to cover the World Cup, go to Europe and experience things that some people may never experience, I got to do it was some of my best friends. To say we were stressed is an understatement. However, everyone on the trip got along and worked through the tough times together. I could not have asked for a better summer internship.
Now, three goals I have for this semester:
- Increase the amount of likes on Facebook, followers on Twitter and Instagram! If you don’t already like all of Scripps’ social media outlets, GO LIKE THEM! #PersonalPlug
- Keep Dr. Stewart Happy. This is a HUGE one. This is my fourth year on the Scripps ImPRessions account and third as AE – I’m trying to keep Dr. Stewart happy by doing whatever he says.
- Kill It. It’s Fall Semester of my senior year, and I want my entire account to kill it – with whatever it may be! Do the best work we can possibly do, which I know is great work!