Big Al looks on as freshman T.J. Parks attempts to answer one of Dr. Chris Roberts’ questions. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Selmarten)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In honor of National News Engagement Day, The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences hosted news trivia night. Almost 200 students attended the series of game shows hosted by Dr. Chris Roberts in Graves Hall. Freshman journalism major T.J. Parks said, “Get ready. When Dr. Roberts gives a lecture, it’s going to be a show.”
Roberts entertained the crowd through news-related renditions of Family Feud, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Jeopardy. With each new game, Roberts revealed another of his news themed shirts. He started the night with maybe seven shirts on and peeled them off one layer at a time. (more…)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s journalism department held an informational meeting on Tuesday night for student’s interested in Dow Jones News Fund internships. Dow Jones offers college students prestigious paid internships at major news organizations every summer.
While only 10-20% of applicants are accepted, Tom Arenberg, a graduate teaching assistant in the department, said he doesn’t want to discourage any student. “Acceptance into the program is a great resume credential in itself,” he said, telling students, “I’m glad you want to give it a try, and I’ll help you out.” (more…)
NASCAR and Talladega have struggled with an aging fan base in recent years. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
TUSACALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s kinesiology department hosted their first Sport Management Distinguished Lecture of the year last week. Tom Patterson, senior director of consumer marketing and ticket sales at Talladega Superspeedway, spoke on how NASCAR has changed their marketing methods to attract new audiences.
Patterson said that NASCAR has been challenged with an aging fan base. To counter this they have adopted a playoff system, and Talladega itself has implemented youth and collegiate marketing strategies. Talladega uses campus ambassadors to “sing the gospel of NASCAR” to college students, and now offers free kids’ tickets. Patterson likes to remind people of the sport’s uniqueness by saying, “You can’t go in your backyard and play NASCAR.” (more…)
Tim Tebow meets with fans and signs autographs on Friday afternoon. Tebow joined the ESPN team last year at the National Championship game.
TUSACALOOSA, Ala. – SEC Nation arrived in Tuscaloosa Thursday to prepare for their weekly Saturday production prior to the Alabama-Florida football game. The crew arrived with six tractor-trailers and their trademark bus. This is what it takes to move a set and crew around the country every week.
Bob Rauscher, SEC Network’s vice president of production, said, “Our philosophy with the show is to come to where things are happening, so we’ve chosen locations where things are already going on.” The tailgating atmosphere around the Quad at The University of Alabama appealed to the show’s producers. “There are fans mingling and hanging out before the games, and we’re basically just saying we’re going to be one of them,” Rauscher said. (more…)