Thursday, January 31, 2008

Maureen Nasser: 3 things

Maureen Nasser is in her fourth year as Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations.
Here's an interview with Maureen.
Also see this site for information about covering sports at George Mason.

If you plan to cover a George Mason sports event, you must notify the instructor by e-mail a minimum of 24 hours before the game or event so that I can forward your e-mail to the sports information office.
Your SUBJECT line MUST include Comm371-001/Sports Writing & Reporting, the game or event you want to cover, and the date.


Sean said...

Maureen emphasized that sports journalists need to be profession.

It's a two-way street between teams and the media. Teams need to give at least 30 minutes to media. The media develops relationships with players, SIDs, managers, all in an effort get best story.

The give and take helps when there is a negative situation. A good reporter will make the team/SID aware if a negative story is going to run so they are prepared. If the team responses, it might improve the team's image in the original negative story or subsequent story.


Latonya said...

I learned that the media needs to have good relationships with the players. This makes their job a bit easier when players are comfortable talking to them about potential leads.

You should always be neutral, especially in the press box. This goes for clothing too.

If you want to work for a sports team, get involved now as an intern. Make it happen by already being a part of the franchise.

Phil Murphy said...

Three things I learned from Maureen Nassar:

1. SIDs generally reach out to media with off-the-court stories. That surprised me. I had thought it was the other way around.

2. It's best to infrom SID before reporting bad news -- i.e. Tony Skinn's low blow on Loren Stokes in the 2006 CAA Tournament.

Reporters must report the news. If it is going to put a school or team in a negative light, it's best to inform the SID as soon as possible. This allows the school to respond promptly and appropriately, thus maintaining a professional relationship.

3. Coach Larranaga facilitated the promotion of GMU to a substantial degree with unlimited access to his players prior to the Final Four.

He always seemed like a nice guy the few times -- all of three -- that I've spoken to him. I wasn't aware that he was such a media darling. I guess humility and conscientousness go a long way.

Jeremy said...

Three things that i learned from Maureen Nasser:

1. Even though I'm only a student journalist, and not even writing for the Broadside, I can still get press credentials/access for Mason events, and possibly other events as well.

2. Your attire has to be professional when you are writing--you can't wear clothes that promote a certain team. I guess I already knew this, but I'd just never really considered it before.

3. Even if someone may not like the story that you're going to run, they'll appreciate and respect you if you tell them ahead of time that you're going to run it, and give them a chance to comment.


Eric said...

Maureen Nassar: 3 things

The first thing that I learned is that to be a good sports journalist then one must develop strong relationships with players.

The second most important thing is that good sports writers are never fans, because it is highly unprofessional. Prof. Klein spoke about his story and why professionalism is a must from his hockey reporting days.

Lastly if there is an issue regarding the team that your doing PR for then it is always best to attack the problem immediately, but not in all cases and to never admit to anything wrong publically. This saves face and helps for the issues to subside.

Elliot said...

Maureen gave a lot of useful information in her presentation last Thursday.

Three important things she mentioned were that:

1. Be Professional. Dressing appropriately is very important in the field of Public Relations.

2. Network in order to broaden the opportunities that are out there.

3. Get in touch with a professional level of sports if you are interested in that career path. Do not expect these great jobs with professional sports franchises to just fall in your lap.

Elliot Fox

Anonymous said...

Going into Thursday's class, I didnt know a lot about working in the sports information office. I learned the importance developing a two-way relationship between the SID office and journalists, the importance of handling a crisis up front, and the importance of providing reporters with ledes to good story ideas.

Dechele said...

Maureen Nasser from GMU sports office gave some really helpful advice on Tuesday.

1. Dress accordingly. When attending sporting events do not wear ypur favorite sports team apparel. You should not appear biast when attending events.

2. Always be professional. Do not ask athletes for autographs, you are there for a job not your own personal agenda.

3. Relationships between the media and players are very important.

Robert said...

What I learned from Maureen Nasser:

1. When your program is accessible to the media, it helps improve communication between the program and the press.

2. Coach Larranaga is known for his accessibility with the media. This helped generate attention for Mason during the Final Four run.

3. Internships are an important way to find a job in Maureen's profession.

Dylan said...

Maureen Nasser made it clear that if you wanted to work in this field, you must pursue it actively, it will not just come to you.

She also mentioned that having a good relationship with players is also important.

She says that it is important to wear neutral clothing while covering a sporting event.

ambar said...

Three things I learned:

Journalists need to develop relationships with athletes. This makes it easier for the journalist to contact the players and their representatives.

A journalist must wear proper attire when covering a game. I honestly did not know this before because I have seen plenty of journalists covering games where they look like they just got out of the gym.

The internet has had a positive impact in the sports writing world as well as a negative impact. It is positive because writers are able to get things done much quicker. However negative because it makes the job less personal.

Nadia said...

I loved her! I thought she was fantastic. I wish we could have had more time with her. the 3 things I learned were
1.Be professional
2. Do not wear any identification of a team you are going for or against while reporting
3. make connections.
She was awesome

DannyU said...

It sounds like Maureen believes one of the most important things to do as a sports writer is to build a relationship with the people you are covering. Wether it be the actual players, coaches, SID's etc.
Also how she explained how to let people know when reporting bad news.
Lastly how you need to stay neutral in the press box, including your clothing.

Brittany said...

Maureen stressed how important it is for a journalist to show a high degree of professionalism, especially when interviewing or being around the athletes.
She also let us know how important it is to develop a relationship with the press.
Another thing I learned from Maureen was that a journalist needs to seperate their fanhood from their job. It is very important to not show a bias.

Carlos said...

Three things I learned from Maureen Nasser:

1. It is important to establish good relationships with the people around you. It can really open doors for you in the future and also facilitate in creating a positive work environment.

2. Make the best decision as quickly as possible. It's important to react promptly when a situation occurs, so you can make the best outcome out of a potential problem.

3. You can't be a fan while reporting on a team. It's important to dress appropriatelly and be an objective journalist.

Mike Coppinger said...

The three thing I learned from Maureen Nasser are:

1. If you are going to write a negative story, it is ethical to give a heads-up to the information desk. They will appreciate next time they need to leak a story.

2. Develop relationships with players, front office, coaches, whoever you can. The better relationships you have, the more effective you will be as a reporter.

3. Don't ask for autographs. You are there to do a job, not be a fan.

Josh said...

Three things I learned from Maureen Nassar:

1. Mason has 22 different sports programs.
2. No jerseys or hats in the press box. The proper Clothing attire you must wear in the press box.
3. It helps not to be blindsided. Develop relations with the media.

matt said...

One of the interesting things Maureen said for me was what she does during the GMU basketabll game. I always see her running around so I was curious abou that. Another is how she deals with peoples access to the athletes.The most important topic she covered was the Tony Skinn incident when he punched another player. I was fascinated to learn from Maureen that the SI desk found out that the story was going to be aired on TV which then gave the Coach time to make a decision about a possible suspension before the story even got aired.

Will said...

1.I learned the importance of having a good relationship with the people you are covering.

2.If you are going to write something that could impact the team that you are covering negatively then you should warn the team in advance to maintain your relationship.

3.I didn't know what the duties of the SID entailed, for example I didn't realize that during the game she would be running around helping all the members of the press.