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.”

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