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Sports Editor competes in Detroit Red Wings Media contest

Mal Meston, Sports Editor

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Journalism takes over a small chunk of my life, but on Thursday, March 23, it impacted my life on a larger scale.

I submitted two essays to the Detroit Red Wings High School Media for Journalism contest this past January. There were two prompts that I wrote about: how my school could benefit from a $5,000 grant toward my school’s journalism program and my future plans within the field of journalism. My essays were accepted into the Red Wings Media Day. The Red Wings would be giving out three cash prizes to the top three essay winners.

The Detroit Red Wings Media Day was held this past week at the Joe Louis Arena. There were approximately 20 other students from other schools from around the state. We were given the experience of a real-life interviews with the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill. It was an awesome experience because I never knew how the interviews actually worked before the cameras turned on. We also interviewed three journalists who write online and for the newspaper about the Red Wings. It was exciting to get a real look into a journalist’s schedule and what their jobs actually entail.

During the Media Day, we not only interviewed, but we also got a tour of the press box at the Joe Louis Arena, and we watched the Red Wings hockey team practice on the ice. Being able to see the team work on their drills was different than seeing a game, but it was interesting.

I, unfortunately, had to leave Media Day with the Red Wings early due to soccer practice, which was back in Norton Shores, three hours away. Having to leave early meant that I wouldn’t be able to find out if my essay submissions won any of the top three cash prizes. Even if I didn’t win, it was still a great experience that I will never forget. It made me realize that even though being a journalist is hard work and takes up most of a person’s social life, that if you truly love your job of being a journalist, then that’s all that matters.

I’m currently undecided about what major I chose to study in college, but the day with the Red Wings definitely gave me a positive look into the field of journalism.

 

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