My apologies for the delay, but Winter Quarter students completed their final projects several weeks ago and delivered some strong and unique content.
Here are some of the highlights.
We bring the drama, and that’s a known fact.
After two listless losses, DePaul simply needed our class in the building to relight its competitive fire. The Blue Demons gave favored Creighton all it could handle Wednesday night at Wintrust Arena, before falling 76-75 after Bluejays star Marcus Foster hit his fifth 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play.
Students collected content from before, during and after the game to include in blog posts filed on deadline (90 minutes after the final horn).
Here’s some of what we found.
Tip-off and first half
Until next time …
In the brief but illustrious history of Sports Blogging at DePaul, the podcast assignment has generated some of the best content. This quarter is no exception, as students produced arguably the best collection of audio clips in course history. While most students opted for solo podcasts, the content and energy was on point.
Take a listen:
The blogs are up and running, as students are reacting to key news items in their coverage area. There have been big NBA trades, Royal Rumble surprises, college basketball news and more.
Let’s take a look:
It’s a new quarter, which brings a new batch of sports blogs. From pro wrestling to college track to athletes crossing over into the broadcast world, we have it all covered.
Check out the new blogs and Twitter pages from the students.
Evan Rogerson: 5280 Hoops (Denver Nuggets); @5280HoopsBlog
Emily Eller: Tilted Track (NCAA track and field); @TiltedTrack
Brenden Welper: Hammer Time Hooper (Detroit Pistons); @HammerTimeHoop
Dan McDaid: Windy City Bears Blog (Chicago Bears); @BlogBears
Justine Marcantel: The Other Sideline (athletes crossing over to media world); @Other_Sideline
Alexis Meuche: Not Your Demographic (Female professional wrestling); @NotYourDemoPod
Richard Schoen: Betting the Big East (Big East basketball gambling); @BEt_Hoops
Andrew Hattersley: Brewers Slam (Milwaukee Brewers); @BrewersSlam
David Stein: Online with David Stein (Chicago Wolves); @DaveSteinOnline
Matt Horgan: Big Ten Hoops Life (Big Ten men’s basketball); @BigTenHoopsLife
This week, our class shifted from downtown to 35th and Shields, as we covered the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. For the second consecutive year, our class trip was a success. And, for the second straight year, we spent a long night on the South Side that ended with the home team falling short.
The Sox fell 7-6 after nearly erasing a 6-0 deficit after two innings. Both starters struggled, both bullpens were sharp and both teams blasted long home runs, but the Sox couldn’t overcome mistakes in the field and on the base paths in the game.
Here’s a quick look back at our night:
Graduate student Gavriel Wilkins and I were on hand for manager Ricky Renteria’s pregame media session.
Other students soon arrived and spent part of Twins batting practice in the White Sox dugout.
The students then got to work and covered the game, monitoring social media and contributing regularly from their own accounts.
Here are their social media-based blog posts:
After the 3 hour, 27-minute game ended with a Jose Abreu lineout, we attended Renteria’s news conference, and students were supplied some additional content from the Sox clubhouse.
Then, it was time to finish stories and head home.
Thanks again to White Sox director of media relations Bob Beghtol and the entire Sox organization for having us at the game. We hope to do it again in future years.
The class didn’t meet last Thursday but students spent the day or night covering a sporting event through social media. They tracked team accounts, media accounts and fan accounts to see what was being said during each game. They also contributed their own thoughts.
Here’s the roundup of what they produced: