BY KATIE BANDURSKI
“We’re in a room full of journalists, let’s ask questions,” Wayne Drehs, ESPN reporter and featured KeyNote speaker suggested as he began his presentation on Tuesday, July 22, in room 101 of Heide Hall.
Even though Drehs is currently in the midst of cleaning up after his house was struck by lightning, he still took the time to talk to the campers via Skype.
Drehs began with his story, taking care to mention that he was in the same shoes as the students here when he attended a summer journalism camp in Indiana approximately 20 years ago.
Drehs began his venture into journalism sophomore year of high school and continued to pursue the path through college.
He now writes for ESPN’s magazine, website and TV features, and his job is to simply tell great stories about people and places.
“I have the greatest job in the world, I dare someone to try to beat it,” Drehs proudly said, “My favorite thing to do is tell a story about someone you’ve never heard of...and by the end of it you’re blown away.”
Drehs then offered up some advice, advocating the importance of fighting your fears. “It’s awkward to go and ask people personal questions,” Drehs said, but he also added that “the question you are most uncomfortable to ask somebody is probably the best question you have...those difficult questions are what will propel a great story.”
He also added that thick skin, accuracy and credibility are vital as “this is a business of relationships, and a business of trust.”
After that the room opened up for questions.
Topics ranged from finding a voice in your writing to role of women reporters in sports journalism.
“Making it is doing work that you’re passionate about.” Drehs said as the session came to an end, “Be confident in who you are and what you want to ask...don’t be intimidated.”
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