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Job Shadow Day with Veteran Sports Writer

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

On Wednesday, July 23rd, I job-shadowed Marc Katz, a 38-year veteran sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News. Marc received his degree in Journalism from Ohio University (“Harvard on the Hocking”). He has covered many sports such as Dayton Flyers basketball, Ohio State football and basketball, high school sports, among others. For the last 6 years, Marc has been a beat-writer covering the Dayton Dragons and Wright State Raiders. 


Marc picked me up at my house at 3:45 pm and drove us to the Dayton Dragons baseball game. We parked in the press lot and walked to Fifth Third Field box office where we picked up our press credentials. We entered the stadium, and headed to the Dragons clubhouse where Marc introduced me to the Dayton Dragon players and coaches. He was carrying on small talk with various players, while researching another article about the Dragons. At around 5:00 pm, we walked out to the Dragons dugout to watch the players taking batting practice. At roughly 6:00 pm, we headed up to the press box where Marc setup his Macintosh laptop computer to start formalizing his notes. Marc used the time before the start of the game to finish writing another article about the Dragons. At 6:30 pm, I took the press coupons and picked up food for the both of us from the concession stand.

Before the start of the 7:00 pm game with the Peoria Chiefs, Marc reviewed player statistics and other pertinent information about the game. Between innings, he took the time to write portions of his article. After the Dragons hit a game winning walkoff home run in the 9th inning of the 4 to 3 victory, we went down to the clubhouse to interview the player that hit the home run and the Dragons manager. We then went back up to the press box — after the stadium had cleared out and the field lights were turned off — where Marc finished the article about the game and edited the leads. While in the press box, he submitted the article over the Internet to beat the deadline. We left the press box at 10:30 pm and headed back to the parking lot.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to observe a veteran sportswriter like Marc Katz in action. This was an interesting experience to really learn the process that a sportswriter uses to provide readers with first-hand insights.