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2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

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WJMC 2013 Days 1 and 2

Allyson Vasilopulos

The past two days have been the beginning of a truly remarkable experience! Not only have I gotten the opportunity to hear the experiences of and advice from three of the best reporters/photographers/members of the field, but I’ve also made some great friends along the way. Looking back to yesterday’s arrival, we were welcomed by the staff of both George Mason University and the conference itself, both of whom provided a friendly atmosphere. I’m not sure about everyone else participating in the conference, but this was definitely a great help, especially being so far away from home. Following check-in was a group dinner, which for me, was my only meal since I had headed out to the airport at 4:30 A.M that same day! And may I add, it was absolutely delicious! But the great food and casual talk within our color groups was only part of the fun. As…

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Al McCoy visits SJI 2014

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A few days ago, Al McCoy, the announcer for the Phoenix Suns, came to the Insitute at Cronkite. He held a mock press conference about his induction into the basketball hall of fame in which he told stories and answered our questions. The end result of this is a mini biopic/feature article focusing on McCoy. Even for those who aren’t that into sports, McCoy’s life is worth a read.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Wooden and the 1992 US Olympic Team. This isn’t the intro to a bad joke, but just some of the members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Now, industry veteran Al McCoy will be added to that list.

McCoy has been inducted into the Hall to honor his longstanding service to the game as well as to the Phoenix Suns, for whom he announces. McCoy’s smooth baritone voice has serenaded Suns fans for over 40 years, with…

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Newcast #1

Denisha Gregory


” Your on in 10 seconds “. Those words truly made my heart beat faster and my feelings just Rumble around in my stomach. The moment I couldn’t wait for was finally here! Seeing the lights and all the cameras made me realize that this is what I want my to do in my future. I was so sure that this is what I wanted. The feeling you get when you sit in front of the camera is unexplainable. The pressure is all on you. Once we practice some I soon learned that the tv voice wasn’t the same as a TV personality. I struggled so much with matching my TV voice with my TV personality. Personality is everything. After 5 hours of back to back rehearsal we were finally done! I felt like I worked a full shift, I was so tired! But overall the experience was amazing. Sadly…

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Al McCoy: Journey from Farm to Fame


Al McCoy, play-by-play announcer for the Phoenix Suns, now wears the tittle of an NBA Hall of Fame Broadcaster. He claims that this is a “dream come true” and the story of his path towards success expresses that it is, indeed, just that.

McCoy explains that he was just a farm boy in a small town shooting for the stars. It is easy to wonder how he expanded his famous personality from one small town to worldwide.

McCoy says, “When I was young I was a kid growing up I was interested in broadcasting and sports.” He described himself as a “radio bug” that often listened to the radio. Recognizing his love, McCoy chased his dreams.

Still, turning dream into reality was not an easy task. McCoy had been a persistent teen, but despite this there were always let downs. At many points in his career there were moment when…

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