A look back at Twins-White Sox after another long night on the South Side

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.


Students cover games through social media

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:

A plethora of podcasts

Students recently put together their first podcasts, either in pairs or by themselves. This continues to be one of the most successful assignments. Congrats to all the students for delivering some excellent content.

Take a listen: