The soft click of keys in the background is the only indication there is anyone in the room. A Friday, a sunny day after days of rain, and middle school students sit feverously tapping the keys on their computer.
Their deadline is fast approaching, and in the world of sports writing, the story must come out on time. The first week of Write On Sports is almost complete. The newest story to break is about Errick McCollum, Goshen College Alum, who is playing professional basketball in China.
“Interviewing athletes is my zen.” Sam Ostergren
Zen is the perfect word to describe the zone the campers are in during the interview process. David Rodriguez typically steps up to the plate first, to break the ice. It is always nice to have a veteran camper that can put the rest of the group at ease. Once the first question is spoken, the rest continue one right after another until we have to call time on our interview.
Once the athlete leaves, the reporters’ notebooks fly open again as students compare notes with each other. A slight competition emerges as students shout out the number of pages they took over the course of the interview.
Seven was the most yesterday.
There is no shortage of information gathered by these budding reporters. Watch out sports reporters, these students are giving you a run for your money.