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Red Wings to host High School Media Day

Students to participate in Q&A sessions with Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, media members and Red Wings staff; grand prize essay winner to receive $5,000 grant for school's journalism or media program, courtesy of MOS

by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT - More than 50 high school journalism and media students from across Michigan will attend the Detroit Red Wings annual High School Media Day, presented by Michigan Office Solutions (MOS), on Thursday, March 23, at Joe Louis Arena. Student participants, who range from high school sophomores to seniors, will have the opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes look into the sports and entertainment industry. 

Students registered for this year's High School Media Day by submitting two essays explaining their career goals in the field of journalism and media, and detailing how a grant could support their high school journalism or media program. The essays have been evaluated by Red Wings and MOS staff, and MOS will award a total of $10,000 in grants to the journalism and media programs of the top three student essays, with the grand prize winner awarded a $5,000 grant.

"Michigan Office Solutions is honored to be a part of the Red Wings High School Media Day," said Ralph Slider, president of MOS. "For over 60 years, MOS has been committed to being a responsible corporate citizen. Through our partnership with the Detroit Red Wings, we can provide this type of unique experience as a way of giving back to communities, especially the school organizations throughout the state of Michigan."

High School Media Day will open with a Q&A session at 9:30 a.m., featuring a four-member media panel of reporters who frequently cover the Red Wings. Michigan Hockey editor Michael Caples, WXYZ-TV sports reporter Justin Rose, editor Dana Wakiji and the radio play-by-play voice for the Red Wings, Ken Kal, 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.

The first of four Q&A sessions following lunch will begin at 12:15 p.m. as students will have 30 minutes to ask Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill questions ranging from hockey-related topics to his thoughts on sports journalism. Craig Turnbull, Olympia Entertainment senior vice president of marketing & communications, will be on hand for the second 30-minute Q&A session to discuss updates with The District Detroit and Little Caesars Arena. Students will conclude the event with Q&A sessions featuring members of the Red Wings community relations and public relations staff beginning at 1:30 p.m., and the Red Wings marketing staff at 2:00 p.m.

All student participants will also receive several Red Wings-branded journalism items, courtesy of MOS and the Detroit Red Wings.

About the Detroit Red Wings Community Relations:

The Detroit Red Wings are dedicated to providing opportunities and experiences that use the power of hockey to unite Metro Detroit youth, families and neighbors through compassionate, innovative engagement. Each year, the Detroit Red Wings provide significant support to hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout Michigan, Ohio and Canada. For more information, visit  

About Michigan Office Solutions:

Michigan Office Solutions (MOS) represents the best of both worlds when it comes to your business solutions - the technology strength and innovation of Xerox and 3D printing technology along with the agility of locally managed services and support team. MOS has been serving the Michigan community for over 57 years with eight locations throughout the state, the newest location at 1001 Woodward Avenue in Detroit! Through the MOS 360o Assessment process, we help businesses transform their work environment, streamline processes and improve employee productivity. Get back to focusing on what you do best, we'll take care of the rest. Michigan Office Solutions, you can count on us. For more information, visit

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