Saluting the student-journalist coverage teams
Published: February 17, 2010
UPDATED at noon Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Stripes depends heavily on the contributions of a great many individuals, a living, breathing, ever-changing team of free-lancers and, most importantly, students who step up and give of their time to be the eyes and ears of Far East Tournaments for the Pacific's newspaper of record.
This week is no different. A good 30 young men and women have stepped up to bring the Far East High School Basketball Tournaments to the Pacific, indeed the world via the Internet.
Here's hailing Teams Eagle-Eye at Robert D. Edgren High School at Misawa Air Base, Team Troy at Zama American High School on Camp Zama, and Team Warrior of Daegu American School in South Korea.
They're providing final scores, scores by quarter and individual leading scorers and in some cases rebounders. They're trying their hand at photographing, knowing full well they're competing with the likes of Gary Cashman (here at Yokota with me), and the Olympic Games (what do you think is getting priority among the people who sign my paycheck?) among other pro, college, national and international sports.
Itr's a win-win for everybody concerned. For Stripes, it means eyes-and-ears on-the-ground coverage. For the students, it means an opportunity to experience real-time deadlines that they don't get in the classroom, and it's a resume builder: "I covered a state championship for the Pacific's newspaper of record." Colleges love that stuff.
They're uploading photos to Stripes' "Spotted" community photo section, which is taking THOUSANDS -- and I mean THOUSANDS -- of hits and page views from folks throughout the region and from sea to shining sea back home.
To name a few, and I apologise if I don't name everybody, herre's hailing Erika Brun, David Silva and Samuel Oh, reporters, and Hana Noguchi and Shane Yingling, photographers, of Team Warrior, and their journalism and yearbook sponsors Linda Scoppa and Giovanna Ross. Thank you for allowing your students the opportunity.
Team Eagle-Eye is headed by journalism and yearbook sponsors Joyce Dustin Demientieff and Shari Knowles, with on-the-ground reporting headed by Mallory Evangelista and Domonique Davis, and photography by Tony Gonzalez, Jordan Hartwig and others. The rest of the entire Eagle-Eye clan: Domo Davis, Marissa Goodwin, Alyssa Craig, Kittery Wakefield, Mitchell Brown, Ileana Brown, Brian Mazi, Kristina Aquino, Sabas Cavazos, Cheyenne Reed and Bethany Russell.
Team Troy and Zama yearbook sponsor Richard Rodgers has literally turned the outer entrance to the martial-arts and racquetball rooms of the Yano Fitness Center into a mini-newsroom, complete with laptop computers and a gaggle of computer equipment. Dominic "Man In Black 1.0" Labrador, Lewis Hahn and Rodgers' daughter, Anastasia, "Lady in Black 1.0" are out challenging the best Olympic and Cashman photos, with Heather Coe editing, while a list of reporters too numerous to mention (but I'll try) is keeping Stripes informed every step of the way.
(deep breath) ... Alexandria Rivera, Austin Wilson, Genevieve Burley, Trisha Dring, Nick Jorgenson, Alysa Prather, Taylor Noakes, Ricky Martin, Natasia James, Hime Pitts, Phoebe Prince and Tristan Bier.
Did I leave anybody out? And is there a definitive list of Team Eagle-Eye reporters out there somewhere?
Ever grateful for all their help. Thank you so much!