Media Rookies : Young women’s basketball fans have been inspired to pursue careers in the media thanks to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.
Students Amity Starick (16) and Nate Siasat (17) from South Australia’s Tenison Woods College and New South Wales’ Marian Catholic School, respectively, participated in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Media Rookies program and made the most of their experience.
Australian secondary school students aged 14 and above who have a passion for creating original content and have an interest in sports, journalism, or the media were eligible to participate in the program. Lucky winners were Starick and Siasat.
Everybody saw how things work since they got to observe both the day and night sessions of games. In fact, both of them were able to obtain valuable expertise in the media throughout their time together.
Starick remarked, “Everything has just been so amazing and nothing that I would have ever imagined to happen in my life,” after she had interviewed Australian Opals Marianna Tolo and Lauren Jackson in the mixed zone and attended a postgame press conference to quiz coach Sandy Brondello.
Meeting Lauren Jackson was my favorite part, Starick added. “In Australia, she is a living legend in the sport of basketball. How cool was it to meet her and talk to her about her time in Canada and at the game?
Siasat shared his teammates’ excitement about visiting the World Cup’s mixed zone and attending press conferences.
He loved Marina Maljkovic’s (Serbia’s) commentary but learned the hard way that journalists need to be flexible while waiting for coaches and players when they go behind schedule.
He was able to “saw various jobs and how they all work together to present this whole event out to the public,” he said, adding, “I got to observe the behind-the-scenes of the media sector inside FIBA itself.”
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Seeing the intricate web that is woven between the teams, the media, the FIBA, the LOC, and the photographers during a basketball game was fascinating.
When you’re a spectator, you don’t give much thought to such details, Siasat remarked. If you want to see it, you can simply watch. But when you break it down and understand how complex it is, you’ll find it’s rather fascinating.
According to Starick, her experience as a media newbie has only strengthened her resolve to pursue a career in the field of communications.
She remarked, “I have considered applying to colleges and universities to study media and international relations, and similar fields.” Future me may try something like this.
What I really want to do is comment on current events or write about them for a news outlet. Being enveloped in this must feel incredible.
Siasat, who claims he had a great time hanging out with the players, is now considering a future in the media.
“Seeing individuals in this job, something they like, it makes me want to pursue it even more than I did before,” he added, referring to his prior interest in the field.
Millions of fans have flocked to Sydney to cheer on their teams in the World Cup.
Perhaps Starick and Siasat, two young people who were inspired by the media rookies program and went on to have great careers in communications and basketball, will be remembered as one of the competition’s enduring legacies.