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I was inspired to write this after participating on Tuesday's NAIA-SIDA Call " Writing - Is There a Rght Way? Or Are There Many Ways To Write a Recap/Feature Story?" By ROB KNOX (@knoxrob1) There’s no wrong or right way to write a game recap, feature story, general announcement, staff hiring, or game postponement story. Every style is right as long as the grammar agrees, the information is factual and the ultimate message you’re trying to convey is clear and concise. There has been an on-going tug-of-war with what’s the right and/or best way to write a recap. The simple answer is whatever works for your audience, school, skill level, and media ...
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Sharing this because I think it is incredibly important. Credit to Marcel Schwantes - Principal and founder, Leadership From the Core Original post here:  https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/7-brutal-truths-every-smart-leader-needs-to-constantly-revisit.html Remember those old and scratchy   vinyl records   that would skip and play the same thing over and over until you moved the needle? (I know I'm showing my age, play along.) Well, the Gallup Organization has been playing a tune now for over three decades, one that sure sounds a lot like a scratchy record that won't move forward. You know it well--roughly   30 percent of employees in the U.S. are ...
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“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22  I am challenging everybody, myself included, in 2018: Enjoy every moment, have fun, and spread joy to others. The precious path to peace can best be found through joy and laughter rather than war and dissent. Joy is infectious. If we are more joyful, then it is likely that our joy will spread to others. Resolve to find happiness and laughter somewhere in your day today; and furthermore, to bring laughter or joy to another person you encounter. We all work in various professions that offer varying levels of stress, frustration and challenges, which at ...
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Living out of suitcases, waiting in long lines to clear customs, riding buses, snapping photos, recording video, tweeting relentlessly, emailing media members, flying across the globe and being tethered to my laptop for two weeks was hectic yet memorable. View the links to view a photo essay of each trip. FLORIDA TRIP EXPOSURE | BELFAST TRIP EXPOSURE GALLERY   Documenting the grueling stretch of seven games in 15 days on two continents for the Towson University’s men’s basketball team was a blessing despite many late nights camping out in the hotel lobby by the computers updating game notes, sitting in the middle seat between two of my players on ...
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Eric Moore is a living legend. This is my appreciation of a distinguished mentor to not only me, but countless others. I am thankful for our paths crossing while I worked at Lincoln. He has had the single biggest influence on my career as an athletic communications professional.   As CoSIDA Membership Recognition Week concludes for this year, I want to thank Mr. Moore for his leadership, passion, dedication, and friendship to our organization and its members. His warm personality makes everybody who enters his presence feel like a family member.   Speaking for many in the business that have had the pleasure of interacting with “Mr. Moore” as ...
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Being a Sports Information Director (SID) can be an overwhelming experience for some. Not everyone can handle the long hours, tedious work, lack of hearing the two words “thank you,” missed holidays, birthdays and weddings, or the side eye from your parents when they ask “Why are you still single?”  Everyone’s journey to being an SID is different, but our goal is the same…be the best SID we can be. I decided to make this blog post a little different than others. It’s geared to make you laugh, say “Mhm” and high five the person next to you. You thought you knew, but you have no idea, here are everyday experiences in which you should #ThankYourSID ...
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Sharing stories of my amazing colleagues for the second consecutive year has been a blessing. It makes me realize how special working in this profession is despite all of the demands on our time and the never-ending workload.  This year, as part of CoSIDA Membership Recognition week, I was privileged to write feature stories on some of the talented people that make our profession awesome. CoSIDA Membership Recognition Week is from Nov. 6-12 and you can learn more by visiting the website HERE. We encourage everybody to use the #ThankYourSID hashtag when posting next week. The best part was being able to write about somebody from every level of our ...
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Fall sports are in full swing on hundreds of campus’ across the country and if you are like me you have seen thousands of posts on various social media platforms since the seasons kicked off in late August.  With that comes a lot of reactionary posting and what I like to call “in-the-moment” posting, more or less posting current events that are happening on the field in front of you at that time.  But what many people forget is that even these types of post can be detrimental to your social media presence if not done appropriately. Below I will list a couple strategies to try and help you focus your social media posting across all platforms and, since it ...
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Let the Games Begin!

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  How to train new student workers, interns, GAs, to work in your office .   I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have worked with some truly amazing student-workers and interns. When young, eager minds want to learn the business or your SAAC peeps want to toss t-shirts at basketball games, you never turn them away! Every student-worker, intern or GA I have had, has come into my office with a different skill set and level of understanding of college athletics. When I first started supervising interns and student-workers, I was winging it with their training. I was showing them things on a need-to-know basis and not doing them the justice by taking ...
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The world of athletics is a carousel that never stops. People hop on and hop off, but it doesn’t stop moving. When is the best time to take another job? May, because that means the department has the whole summer to look for your replacement. Well, if you have baseball, track & field, or any other spring sport that’s never-ending, that doesn’t work either. Late June. Your lease is probably up, you think you have time to get adjusted at your new place before it all hits the fan. Not so much. The person before you probably left in a hurry and now you have to do the media guide and bios that you hoped would’ve been done for you. As for your former ...
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When I learned that I was included as part of the Towson University men’s basketball team’s summer trip to Canada , my enthusiastic mind went into overdrive with excitement. (CLICK THE LINK TO VIEW A COMPLETE RECAP) I spent lots of time thinking about how to document this experience for our fans while adding a unique touch to the coverage from Canada. I settled on daily postcards, photo galleries, daily videos and The Players Tribune-style blogs from our players each day of the trip highlighting a theme. During the week, we had a player celebrating his birthday in Canada while another’s parents visited, so to me that made great content. We also had our ...
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I'd like to talk today a little about the fine line of being a supervisor and a friend. Some say it can't possibly be done, while others cross a little bit too close to the friend line. There are a few questions that I think all supervisors think about. - Is it okay for me to have drinks with my employees? - Can I joke and laugh with them, and still be taken seriously? - What if I hurt their feelings and they shut down? These are all important questions, but you have to stay true to yourself and your intent. If your intent is to be a positive role model that leads their employees to success while also having a laugh here and there. The sign leads this way. ...
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“ And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased .”  -- Hebrews 13:16 By ROB KNOX As I shuffled from office to office during my intense two-day interviews at ESPN a few years ago, I was consistently asked one question, which had nothing to do with my sports knowledge, problem solving ability and people skills. While they were all critical components in being considered for a position at my dream job, there was a qualification not listed on the job application that proved to be the most important character trait. I was consistently asked “Tell me how did you help somebody grow and reach their ...
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Thanking my SIDs

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Thank you. It’s a pretty simple phrase and it’s easy to say, but sometimes you don’t hear it enough. And when I first read about CoSIDA Membership Recognition Week and the #thankyourSID concept, I immediately thought of the people who helped me get where I am today, and to the people who have been with me for several years here at Georgetown. I was fortunate to learn the ropes under some great people as an undergraduate at St. Bonaventure, most notably former long-time Bona SID Jim Engelhardt and Associate Athletics Director Joe Quinlan, now at Columbia University. My internship years, first at Penn under Brad Hurlbut and the legendary ...
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It’s finally here. I feel like the Pointer Sisters as “I am so excited and I just can’t hide it.” By now, you should have seen the promos for CoSIDA Membership Recognition Week, which is set to begin Monday, Nov. 7 and last through Sunday, Nov. 13. During that time, there’s lots of wonderful things planned such as running special features and photos of CoSIDA members all week on our CoSIDA.com , @CoSIDAnews and Instagram platforms. In addition, a series of letters in support of CoSIDA members have been mailed to ADs and conference commissioners, and there will be acknowledgment of athletic communications on national, ...
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Earlier this week, I walked past a co-worker’s office and stopped for a few seconds to thank her for her consistently effervescent personality and for always smiling no matter the situation. I am not sure how it made her feel, but for me it was the highlight of a busy day. Offering praise to others fills me with such pride. Sometimes during the day-to-day hustle and bustle of our lives, we forget to stop, meditate on and acknowledge our blessings. We sometimes are consistently in the pursuit of perfection in everything we do and focused on the big picture that our views of reality can get clouded. I am often frustrated by the woeful disregard of ...
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One of the greatest joys I have experienced in my 11 years as an Athletic Communications professional has been the ability to impact the lives of others. When I received the latest issue of the CoSIDA 360 Digest magazine, it filled me with immense pride as two of the five mentees I have been blessed to work with were prominently featured. Four of my mentees are currently full-time professionals in the athletic communications industry: Tyler Schueck (Penn State-Berks), Bryan Salvadore (Kutztown), Britney Reddick (SIAC) and Candace Johnson (Howard). The last one, Jordean Matthews was inducted into Lincoln’s Athletics Hall of Fame and she ...
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First Meeting

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First Interaction: September 2, 2016 Location: Mike's Unicorn Diner, Staten Island, NY Duration: 1:20 After back-and-forth dialogue via email and text, me and Jon met this morning/afternoon over lunch for our first official interaction for the CoSIDA Mentorship Program. Before today's meeting, me and Jon exchanged emails and several ideas pertaining to Infographics and general SID responsibilities. Over lunch today, we got to exchange how we got to our current positions. Additionally, we both discussed our roles as Assistant SIDs and how we both deal with the day-to-day responsibilities. In speaking with Jon, I gave him some helpful words of encouragement ...
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CoSIDA Director of External Affairs Barb Kowal asked that Katie Gwinn Hewitt (University of Michigan) and myself start sharing posts from our blog sparklesandsports.com on CoSIDA Connect. So please bear with me that I am sharing this the right way :) This past fall, nearly two weeks apart, we made career moves to the Division I level. Who was the person I turned to when I needed advice on my decision to move on from the place that launched my career? Katie. That brings me back to where we are now and why we are creating sparklesandsports - to connect with other women and men in athletic communications, discussing networking, workplace issues, ...
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I am a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute. These are words I never thought I would utter when I returned to the wonderful world of intercollegiate athletics in December 2013. In addition to taking me out of my athletic communications comfort zone, the NCAA Leadership Institute opened my mind to the possibilities that exist in athletics as well as those that lie inside of me. This year, my class reconvened for year two programming in toasty downtown Phoenix. This was another memorable week of intense programming, challenges, laughs, selfies, group work, devouring delicious bacon and the “J.O. Experience.” Since our class stayed in touch ...
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