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Wings to host Michigan students at High School Journalist Day on Feb. 16

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT – Sixty high school reporters from Detroit to East Jordan to Grand Rapids and everywhere in between will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ annual High School Journalist Day on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. Student participants, who range from sophomores to seniors, will have the opportunity to see what a day in the life of a sports journalist is all about.

Students will be encouraged to write an article or put together a broadcast piece using the information they collect during High School Journalist Day for their school newspaper or broadcast outlet. After the stories have been published and submitted, the top three entries will be selected by the Wings’ PR department. The grand prize winner will get to spend a 2012-13 Red Wings practice, lunch and home game shadowing USA Today hockey reporter Kevin Allen. The second place writer or broadcaster will win two tickets to a 2012-13 home game and the third place winner will receive a puck or photo signed by his or her favorite player.

High School Journalist Day will open with a Q&A session at 9:30 a.m. with a four-member media panel of reporters who frequently cover the Red Wings. Kevin Allen of USA Today, Michael Caples of Michigan Hockey, Shannon Hogan of FOX Sports Detroit and Ken Kal of 97.1 The Ticket will share their personal experiences as well as offer advice on breaking into sports journalism.

Students will tour the Joe Louis Arena press box and watch the Red Wings practice after the media Q&A session where they’ll be able to snap photos and jot down observations for their articles. The tour and practice will be followed by lunch in the Olympia Club with beverages provided by Coca-Cola and Little Caesars pizza donated by Olympia Entertainment.

The first of two mock press conferences will then begin at 12:30 p.m. Students will have 30 minutes to ask Wings’ General Manager Ken Holland and Head Coach Mike Babcock questions ranging from hockey-related topics to their careers to their thoughts on sports journalism. The second 45-minute press conference will feature three Red Wings players – forwards Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary and Valtteri Filppula – as they field questions about themselves and the team’s performance.
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