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Red Wings host High School Journalist Day

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Forty high school reporters from across Michigan will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ annual High School Journalist Day, presented by Michigan Office Solutions (MOS), on Tuesday, April 5, at Joe Louis Arena. Student participants, who range from high school freshmen to seniors, will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a sports reporter covering the Red Wings.

New this year, students registered for High School Journalist Day by submitting two essays explaining their career goals in the field of journalism and detailing how a grant could support their high school journalism program. The essays have been critiqued by Red Wings and MOS staff, and the Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant, courtesy of MOS, during the event to go toward their school’s journalism program.

“Michigan Office Solutions is honored to be a part of the Red Wings High School Journalism Day,” said Ralph Slider, president of MOS. “MOS is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen in all areas of our business, especially with our school organizations. Through our partnership with the Detroit Red Wings, we can provide this type of unique experience as a way of giving back to the communities in which we serve.”

High School Journalist Day will open with a Q&A session at 9:45 a.m., featuring a three-member media panel of reporters who frequently cover the Red Wings. Kevin Allen of USA Today, Michael Caples of Michigan Hockey, and Ken Kal, the play-by-play voice for the Red Wings, will share their personal experiences as well as offer advice on breaking into sports journalism.

Students will then tour the Joe Louis Arena press box and watch the Red Wings practice starting at 11:00 a.m. During the practice, students will view their favorite Red Wings players from some of the best seats in Joe Louis Arena. The tour and practice will be followed by lunch in the Olympia Club.

The first of three Q&A sessions following lunch will begin at 12:15 p.m. Students will have 30 minutes to ask head coach Jeff Blashill questions ranging from hockey-related topics to his thoughts on sports journalism. Craig Turnbull, Olympia Entertainment vice president of marketing & communications, will be on hand for the second 30-minute Q&A session to discuss updates with the Detroit Events Center and The District Detroit. The final Q&A session will take place at 1:15 p.m., with members of the Red Wings public relations, community relations and integrated media staff.

New this year, the Red Wings and MOS will host a skating party at the conclusion of the Q&A sessions, allowing students to skate on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. Additionally, all student participants will receive a travel bag full of journalism essentials, courtesy of MOS and the Detroit Red Wings.

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