Five Pieces of Advice from Paola Boivin of The Arizona Republic

By Gabby Urenda

  1. Be more confident. Know that you belong in a press box, post-game conference or locker room. Hold your head up high because your interview skills will become better and you will make your presence known.
  2. News outlets are looking for interns with strong writing samples that go beyond just game stories. Your portfolio should show your personality and fearlessness.
  3. Start creating your own brand—now. Make sure you have a strong presence on social media by linking your stories and don’t be afraid to promote yourself.
  4. You have to do a little bit of everything, which includes the dirty work. This can include shooting games, editing, live tweeting and writing a story. Don’t just limit yourself to one aspect or expect someone to do it for you.
  5. Don’t give people a reason to be hard on you. Though the sports media world is more inclusive, make sure you know how to dress so people don’t have a reason to single you out.

Best quote of the night: “I don’t know if I would still be in this business if it wasn’t for AWSM.”

Skype Q&A with Paola Boivin


Join UO AWSM Wednesday, Feb. 17 for a Skype Q&A with Paola Boivin. She is a sports columnist for the Arizona Republic and writes about the Arizona Cardinals, ASU and U of A, and more. She has been in the industry for over 20 years, and she is also a former president of AWSM! Come with any questions you have about sports writing, networking, resume building, etc.

Coffee Hour Advice

Five Pieces of Advice from UO AWSM’s Coffee Hour

By: Linden Moore 

  1. Don’t be afraid to start producing your own content. Starting to write your own pieces can you get experience before applying for internships.

  2. Explore opportunities you are interested in. You never know what might be the right fit for you, so do your research and cast your net wide.

  3. Talk with people in your field of interest. This is a great way to get advice and learn about the industry.

  4. Ask questions. The more you ask, the more you learn! It is better to ask about a position or division you interested in before starting a job and learning it is different than you thought.

  5. Be passionate about the field you choose to pursue. This shows you are willing to put in the time to do a good job.

AWSM Coffee Hour

Coffee Houruo AWSM

Come network with UO AWSM Members and learn how to get involved in sports media on campus! We have will have represnetatives from Emerald Sports, DuckTV, UO Atheltic Communications and KWVA there to talk with you.

Chat with us, have coffee and learn how to get involved!