Jared Valluzzi has attended the Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute for Teens for two summers … and he’s coming back for his third at Hofstra Continuing Education. The self-proclaimed sports fanatic (“I fell in love with it.”) and athlete was initially nervous when starting the program and recalls shakily giving a report on the Cleveland Browns his first time on camera. Now, as a founder of the Friar Scoreboard Club at St. Anthony’s who does live play by play at the high school’s games, he’s a confident broadcaster … and he’s only in 9th grade.
Jared pushes for more opportunities in sports journalism at his school. For the Friar Scoreboard (see friarnews.com), Jared and other students write articles about sports for the school publications, livestreams games and does on-camera interviews.
Sports Journalism Is Hard Work
He’s learned that broadcasting isn’t easy. For each game, he does a few hours prep – maybe, one or two for basketball … up to three hours for a championship – looking for unique facts to present, knowledge on the players and their teams and other information. Next fall, he hopes to produce a weekly podcast on school sports. Jared currently also maintains a blog.
At Hofstra CE’s sports journalism program, Jared’s favorite class was intermediate sportscasting where he did a variety of things including stand-ups on-camera. “The staff was nice,” he said. “Classes here are nonstop entertaining. If my friends went they’d be a better broadcaster … just like me.”
Before attending the Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute, Jared and his brother, Justin, would go to Hofstra’s sports and academic programs. But sports journalism became Jared’s favorite. His father, Frank, said Jared was formerly a shy kid. “He really broke out of his shell,” Frank said. “I recommend it even if someone doesn’t like sports.”
Jared has also a guest speaker on “Huddle Up,” News 12 Varsity Long Island’s high school football show, where he talked sports with host Amanda Pugliese. Read about it here.
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