YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Phantoms Hockey Team will host its career development event, “How to Nail That Sports Interview!”, at the YSU Room (Covelli Centre) on April 7 at 5 p.m. High school and college students who dream of working in sports or want to expand their journalism experience will learn the tricks of the trade from local journalists and athletes presenting at the event.
Josh Frketic, WKBN anchor, Todd Franko, Vindicator editor, and Troy Loney, two-time Stanley Cup champion and Youngstown Phantoms co-owner, will give presentations on how students can prepare for a sports reporting career while they’re still in school. They will also give tips on how to improve skills, such as interviewing, that are essential for the job.
In addition to these presentations, students also get to watch a mock interview between Franko and Loney. The editor and former Pittsburgh Penguins player will give commentary to show students their perspectives during the interview.
For Frketic, the road to becoming a WKBN anchor started with having two internships that led to several freelance jobs in college. He said learning different skills and becoming well-rounded gives students a competitive edge.
“Getting involved is so important,” he said. “Internships are critical. Watching and reading the news can also be a big help for young professionals.”
In Youngstown, sports reporters can work for outlets such as WKNB, WFMJ, the Vindicator and the Tribune Chronicle. Putting in hard work locally can propel a local sports reporter to work for a national company. Sage Steele, for example, worked for her local television station WSBT before becoming an ESPN SportsCenter anchor.
Working in the competitive industry of sports reporting is an attainable goal, but students must master even the basic skills to break into the field. Attending “Nail That Sports Interview” helps students sharpen their skills, gives them insider knowledge of the journalism industry and allows them to network with local journalism professionals.