The 4-day program will focus on improving each player’s writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. A field exercise at a Toledo Mud Hens home game will include a mock press conference as part of the player’s game coverage. Players will write and record their own radio commentary as part of one of the other planned exercises.
Faculty for the boot camp will include Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Peter King (Sports Illustrated, NBC), and Barry Wilner (Associated Press) as well as former NFL players-turned-journalists such as former Vikings DB Solomon Wilcots (CBS, NFL Network), Matt Bowen (Chicago Tribune), Matt Chatham (Boston Herald), and Bucky Brooks (NFL.com and NFL Network).
The boot camp is hosted by the BGSU School of Media and Communications and the Sport Management program and was developed with NFL Player Engagement, under the auspices of the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project.
“BGSU is both honored and thrilled to welcome the inaugural NFL Sports Journalism & Communication Boot Camp to our campus. We have both highly skilled professors and alumni teaching interactive sessions and providing excellent instruction in the fast-changing sports media industry,” said Dr. Terry Rentner, professor and director, BGSU School of Media and Communications.
Player enrollment criteria include previous participation in NFL Player Engagement programs, prior media experience, essays, and NFL playing experience.
Following are the NFL players participating in the NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp:
Brendon Ayanbadejo, Charlie Batch, Ralph Brown, Troy Brown, LaMar Campbell, Bryon Chamberlain, Eric Crouch, Derrick Dockery, Leger Douzable, Jamie Duncan, Andre Fluellen, Jay Foreman, Nick Ferguson, Kendall Gammon, Ken Hamlin, Erin Henderson, Tyoka Jackson, Austen Lane, Ovie Mughelli, Brady Poppinga, Denard Walker, Ellis Wyms, Michael Young