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2012 Team USA Media Summit

Seven members of the BSU at the Games team interviewed athletes and viewed sports demonstrations at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas in May. Read more about it here.

Photos by Ryan Sparrow and Chris Taylor.


Athletes in order of appearance:

1. Kayla Harrison (Judo) 2. Mary Killman and Maria Koroleva (Synchronized Swimming) 3. Brady Ellison (Archery) 4. Brady Ellison 5. Errol Spence, Jr. (Boxing) 6. Michael Phelps (Swimming) 7. First Lady Michelle Obama 8. Rau’Shee Warren (Boxing) 9. Mary Killman (Synchronized Swimming) 10. Alex Meyer (Swimming) 11. Alexander Massiaslas (Fencing) 12. Hunter Kemper (Triathlon) 13. Jessica Long (Paralympic Swimming) 14. Thomas Finchum (Diving) 15. Joseph Diaz, Jr. (Boxing) 16. Wallace Spearmon (Track & Field) 17. Trey Hardee (Track & Field) 18. Nastia Liukin (Gymnastics) 19. Joshua Richmond (Shooting)

Photo of the week: USA Archery’s Brady Ellison

Since making his first U.S. Olympic Team in 2008, USA Archery’s Brady Ellison has climbed the ranks in the archery world, becoming a medal contender heading into the 2012 Games and the only archer ever to win three consecutive World Cup titles.

A six-time world cup medalist, Ellison has garnered the international experience necessary for an attempt to make a much-anticipated gold-medal run.

View our full album of photos from the 2012 Team USA Media Summit.

Photo by Ryan Sparrow.

Brady Ellison

Why be a journalist? Hint: not the salary

Alright. Time to ‘fess up. I had an ulterior motive in starting this Olympic program—getting back to Ball State’s awesome Worcester Centre in Worcester, U.K., where I spent summer 2010 with my family and about 35 BSU students.

But that’s only partially true.

The other reason that I wanted to go to the Games was to show my journalism students just how cool it can be to be a working journalist.

It can be hard sometimes to show that back at Ball State. Oh, most of us try in our own way, but all too often it’s tempered with news of newspaper layoffs and starting your careers in some backwater market that pays under 20K a year. And that’s not cool.

But there’s something magical about this job. Colleen actually calls it “journalism magic.” And it’s true. It works. It’s this cool Zen moment when all of your training and all of your instincts come together in this perfect combination. And you are on it. You are living in the moment and you can’t be stopped. You can’t wait to get back to your computer to input photos (like I’m doing now at 2 a.m.) or bang out a story or edit that package.

Coming to Dallas reminded me of it. I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had picking up a camera again and shooting sports—shooting people for that matter.

It’s brought the coolness back to me.

And I’m hoping it does for my students too. I hope that when they go home from London they reflect back and think, “That’s what I want to do everyday for the rest of my life.” And I hope that they bring that kind of passion back with them to the DN or to Ball Bearings or to Sports Link, because lord knows journalism needs passion right now.

We need to be cool again.

Ryan Sparrow  |  Adviser



This big project has me sleepless in Dallas

It’s 5 a.m. in Dallas, and I can’t sleep.

Can’t sleep because I’m tired and thrilled and terrified all at the same time, a deadly concoction for trying to get some shut-eye.

A small group of us made our way to the Olympic Media Summit to make some contacts and inroads for our summer adventure. I think the idea was to come down and start making a name for ourselves so that we weren’t starting from zero in July.

But guess what? We’re already known. As the incredible Vanessa Virbitsky—remind me when this is all over that we need to send her a BIG thank you note—introduced us to press agents and athletes, many of them said they’d heard the name or heard of our project already.

And that, my friends—that is cool.

That means reaching out to athletes and coaches and parents and sponsors will be that much easier. That means that getting followers and posting stories will be seen by that many more people. And that means that we’ve succeeded in a first step.

It also means something else. It means that we have the potential to do something new here. In the beginning of this project, I really wanted to get our stories into big media – the Tribune, TV, on websites. And don’t get me wrong, I still do. One of my plans tomorrow night at a barbecue will be to start collecting media sources and contacts for that exact purpose.

But it also means that we have the potential to just do it on our own and build a brand in this new media world. It means that in today’s day and age, getting stories seen by a large audience doesn’t necessarily mean utilizing a mouthpiece of old.

As I’ve been telling people here, we’re trying to fill a hole. As more and more media companies struggle with the financial problem of sending people to London, we’re ready to jump in, find stories, shoot hours and stacks of photos and video. It will be great if our stories are seen in newspapers and on newscasts and websites, but it will be even greater if we can build something to last and be proud of that others will come to and respect.

And that’s thrilling. And that’s terrifying. And that’s why I can’ sleep in Dallas this morning.

Ryan Sparrow  |  Adviser