WHAT IS IHSA STUDENT TWEDIA?
The vision for the Student Twedia program is for students to cover IHSA State Final events through three basic social media platforms:
1) Tweeting thoughts, observations, key in-game/match/event moments and results via the IHSA’s Student Twedia Twitter account.
2) Tweeting photos from the event (along with comments/descriptors if applicable), which will then be put into galleries on the IHSA’s Facebook page.
3) To shoot video of the event to be uploaded periodically throughout the day on the IHSA’s YouTube site and promoted via the other mediums.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE IHSA STUDENT TWEDIA PROGRAM?
For most IHSA sport state final events, fans will be able to follow the event live by watching on television or the internet, following live stats on the IHSA website, listening to a radio broadcast or following a live blog or Twitter account from a local media member at the event. Thus, the goal of Student Twedia is not to duplicate those efforts by covering the contests on a point-by-point or play-by-play basis. The goal of Student Twedia is to provide fans with a behind the scenes look at the event via the eyes of a student, unprecedented access in near real time and insight at important junctures. The Student Twedia account should be able to enhance the event for those who are watching or listening to the contests, but also not be so score or game intensive that it could not be viewed after the event and still be relevant. Student Twedia becomes even more relevant at events like Chess, Golf and Cross Country, etc. because coverage can be limited by the event being spread out across large/multiple venues or by a lack of local media coverage because it does not fall under the sports umbrella.
WHAT QUALITIES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN STUDENT REPORTERS FOR STUDENT TWEDIA?
The makeup of a Student Twedia reporter is something to the tune of part sports writer, part features writer, part investigative reporter. That student doesn’t need to be an expert on the sport they are covering, but should have some general knowledge so they can identity key moments during the contest, as well as to have relevant postgame interview questions after contests. The “features/investigative” portion comes in as we try to get the behind the scenes perspective. We want inquisitive folks who will take a unique look at the event (and the people who make it work), with the hopes that they will find interesting stories within the event. Previous tweeting experience isn’t a necessity, but certainly couldn’t hurt.
HOW DO I BECOME A PART OF STUDENT TWEDIA?
Email Matt Troha (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the IHSA for more information.