U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2019 FULL COURT PRESS
Sports Writing Seminar and Scholarship Competition
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Instructions for Credential Pickup and Stadium Entry

"Full Court Press," the 19th annual U.S. Basketball Writers Association sports writing seminar and scholarship competition, will take place on Friday, April 5 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The free event, which gives high school and college students with an interest in sports journalism the opportunity to cover the NCAA Final Four the day before the semifinal games, will begin with a panel discussion from 8-9 a.m. CDT in the football press box. The presentation of the Oscar Robertson Trophy to the USBWA Player of the Year will take place at 9:15 a.m., followed by team practices, press conferences and the Reese's College All-Star Game.

The panel discussion will include:

  • Rachel Blount, reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune; has covered 11 Olympics.
  • Pat Borzi, contributing writer, MinnPost, The New York Times, espnW.
  • Glen Crevier, former Star Tribune sports editor and past president, Associated Press Sports Editors.
  • Dana O'Neil, senior writer, The Athletic and past USBWA president.

Students can enter a competition for a $1,000 scholarship in honor of the late Larry Donald, the only two-time USBWA president and the founding editor of Basketball Times.

The seminar is being organized by the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI and will be moderated by its director, past USBWA president Malcolm Moran.

There is limited space available, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted in the order they are received.

TO REGISTER: Students should send an email to Sports Capital Journalism Program graduate student Michael Williams (mcw6@imail.iu.edu). The subject line should read: FULL COURT PRESS 2019.

Please include your name, university or school, email address and cell phone number.

PLEASE NOTE: An email confirming your acceptance will be sent soon after the application email is received. Instructions for picking up Friday media credentials for the day’s activities will be sent to accepted students after the registration process is complete.

The discussion will include topics such as the influence of social media, the state of the job market, navigational skills in a 24/7 digital era and survival tactics to deal with increasingly challenging deadlines.

Please note: Registration is full but you can apply to be on the waiting list

The NCAA, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and world leading workshop company Clarkson Creative/NCAA Photos are teaming up again to create the fifth annual Men's Final Four Sports Photography Workshop. Twelve talented students will be selected to participate.

The application process will close by April 2, 2019.

The workshop will start with an introduction of the instructors as well as a Q&A. We will discuss a plethora of topics, such as, how to start your career, how to best cover the NCAA Men's Final Four and more. We will then look at students work and give them critiques. Finally, we will prepare students for the following day at the stadium so they know what to expect when they arrive. This discussion will take place the evening of April 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Room 212B.

The following morning, April 5, 2019 with the help of our partners, Nikon, students will be outfitted with camera gear and given access to the Men's Final Four Practice Day and Reese's College All-Star game. Students are allowed their own gear if they prefer. Jamie Schwaberow, the Director of NCAA Photos, will provide guidance throughout the day as students photograph these events. Following the All-Star game, they will return their equipment to Nikon and that will conclude the workshop.

If you are interested in joining us, please email jschwaberow@ncaaphotos.com. The first 12 students to sign up will be accepted into the program.

Complete information on the Sports Photography Workshop