Here are some of the highlights shared by AWSM members in December. Do you have member news to share? Please let us know by email at info (at) awsmonline (dot) org.
In her words: Gerstner’s fellowship takes her to Brazil
“I went to Sao Paulo, Brazil in the first week of December, as part of an official trip with the Knight-Wallace Fellowship program at the University of Michigan. We toured the construction site for one of the stadiums being constructed for the 2013 men’s World Cup. We also toured the Folha de Sao Paulo’s newspaper printing plant and had lunch with several of their key staffers. I got to spend time with Mariana Lajolo, the paper’s deputy sports editor. Folha, Brazil’s largest paper, sends their journalists up to Ann Arbor to be part of the Knight-Wallace program. Mariana was a KWF fellow in 2010, and has been one of Folha’s top sports writers covering the Olympics. She recently moved into management, and is still making the adjustment – but she likes her promotion so far.
We talked a lot about the barriers women face in Brazil, and the U.S., and found things to be similar. Mariana is truly a groundbreaker in what she is doing, as there are next to no women in sports journalism management in Brazil. She was excited hearing about AWSM, and hoped that someday there will be enough women in sports media in Brazil to have something like our group.”
New job for Boggess
Fifteen months after the layoff of the sports copy desk at The News & Observer, Teri Boggess in November became a proofreader at Capstrat, a top-40 strategic communications company (www.capstrat.com) in Raleigh, N.C. She also writes as a freelance correspondent, writing weekly outdoors notebook for The N&O and covering the town of Wendell, N.C., for the Eastern Wake News. From March through October, she worked at the North Carolina Energy Office, writing a collection of stories about the impact of Recovery Act grants (http://www.energync.net/
Hancock leaves post at WDIV
Katrina Hancock, a longtime Detroit sports reporter and anchor, decided recently to take a break from the business and move back home to Kansas, where she can spend more time with family.
Hancock’s time in Detroit included opportunities to do more than sports. Hancock’s reporting led her to organize neighborhood cleanups around Detroit, an experience she called the most rewarding projects and stories of her career.
To read the complete story in The Detroit News, visit http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121123/SPORTS07/211230428#ixzz2Hhwl9imN.