AWSM staff report
When discussing the topic of how to balance work and life, Rana Cash summed up what many of her fellow roundtable members had mentioned, “You have to take time for yourself and realize, while work is important, it’s also important to get outside of the office and live some.”
Cash, an Association for Women in Sports Media member and an NFL editor for The Sporting News, participated in a “Sports Media Roundtable” on Aug. 27 in Charlotte, N.C. Appearing alongside Cash on the roundtable was ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Davidson College assistant sports information director Ashley Bailey, NBC Sports national columnist Joe Posnanski and Charlotte Bobcats director of communications Josh Rosen.
The roundtable was the feature attraction for the AWSM regional event, which had more than 30 Charlotte-area professionals and students in attendance. Even folks from outside of Charlotte made the trip to the event, including AWSM members DaShawn Brown and Terri Boggess, who both drove more than three hours to attend.
The event’s purpose was to introduce new professionals and students to AWSM, as well as bring together local sports journalists for a networking opportunity. Alisha Puckett, AWSM’s vice president of digital and an editor for ESPN.com, organized the event.
The five-member panel discussed topics such as: social media and its effect on sports journalism, the differences in journalism in the past 30 years, advice for students who are entering the field of sports journalism and the changes in work relationship between public relations professionals and athletes in today’s technologically-advanced society.
This summer, AWSM announced a series of regional events happening all over the country. Beginning with the gathering in Charlotte, the plan is to have one regional event a month until the May 2014 convention in Orlando, Fla.
• Photos: See more photos from the Charlotte “Sports Media Roundtable.”