Demo Video No. 01–ePortfolios and Personal Websites

Sportscaster Central’s first demo video is up! I talk about ePortfolios, or personal websites that professionals make to showcase their work online, and use some examples to provide ideas and tips and what to do (and not to do) when making yours. In the current sportscasting job market, creating your own website is a must. It serves as a one-stop shop for potential employers who want to see the diverse things you do: play-by-play, writing, social media, and everything in between.

In the video, I examine the ePortfolio of Alex Rawnsley, a Canadian minor-league hockey broadcaster. His website is a near-perfect model for what a sportscaster’s own site should look like, with all the right content and info contained in it. I also take a look through the ePortfolio of Kekai Kotaki, a concept artist who’s done work for many popular video games. I use Kekai’s site as an alternate example, and I point out some things that he does differently–for better or worse–than Alex. Check out the video for my 5 favorite aspects of Alex’s site, some things Kekai’s website does very well, and great tips to keep in mind when making your ePortfolio.

Also, for those curious, I made the demo video (as I’ll make all of my videos) using Screencast-o-Matic, a freemium software that enables users to record video of their screens and through their webcam. The free version allows for up to 15 minutes of recording at a time, and the video quality is pretty solid. I also used Adobe Premiere, an industry-standard video editor, to edit the different segments of the video together. If–or, should I say, when–you create your own personal website, you can use it as a platform to create your own content! Whether it’s blogging about hot topics or creating videos about the sportscasting business like I do here, creating unique content on your site is a good way to add an extra touch and try to get a leg up in a crowded job market.

I hope you enjoy this first demo video, and I’m certain there’s some great tips in there that’ll help you make or improve your own ePortfolio. If you have any additional ideas about website-making, drop a comment below, and thanks for visiting Sportscaster Central!

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Social Media Education with the Rutgers Future Scholars

Hey guys! Easy Bites, Eat Clean Eat Green, and I are hard at work producing our collaborative campaign to raise interest and drive traffic to the Rutgers Future Scholars Program. For my part in the project, I’ve produced a video on a topic that both the Future Scholars themselves and sportscasters should check out: social media. Because the RFS Program was created to help students acquire all the knowledge and skills they need to excel in high school and into college, I decided to address some best practices when interacting on social media so that the Scholars know how to stay safe and smart online. With America’s youngest generation making their first footprints into digital spaces, I decided that a primer on social media will help them put their best foot forward online.

I talk first about how the Scholars can protect their accounts. I delve into the correct privacy settings they should have for their profiles and how to use the block and report features on various platforms. Then, I talk more broadly about the dos and don’ts on what to say on social media, a topic that Scholars and sportscasters alike should be knowledgeable in. Finally, I wrap up with the number one lesson that anybody—young, old, small, or tall—who even turns on a computer should know: how to secure your password. In the wake of Laremy Tunsil’s dramatic fall in the 2016 NFL Draft, this is another area that the Scholars and sportscasters alike should be sharp in.

So whether you’re a Scholar, a sportscaster, or just interested in social media, please check out my video! Remember to also head over to the Rutgers Future Scholars website, where there’s more info on the program and details on how to donate and get involved. The RFS Program has helped over 1,800 kids achieve success in high school and go on to college, so I strongly encourage you to donate or become a Mentor to a child. Also, feel free to check out my collaborators’ blogs. Easy Bites and Eat Clean Eat Green have both produced great content providing food lessons and tips that will help the Scholars stay healthy and fueled up throughout high school and their busy lives in college.

Thank you so much for your support of the Rutgers Future Scholars and our collaborative campaign, and I hope you enjoy our content!

We Welcome You Inside Sportscaster Central…

Welcome to Sportscaster Central, a blog about sportscasting made by a sportscaster! Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of multimedia content created to inform and educate the men and women who call the action live and break it down in the studio afterwards. From video demonstrations of prep techniques to podcasts and articles about critical issues in the industry, Sportscaster Central offers content suited for sports broadcasters at every level.

Above all, though, I created Sportscaster Central to serve as a venue for those in the sports media industry to learn from each other. While the sportscasting business is a private and tight-knit one, every broadcaster can point to people in the industry who have helped them along the way. Vin Scully had Red Barber. Marv Albert had Marty Glickman. Countless other stories of mentorships and “big breaks” follow.

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Marty Glickman and Marv Albert. Credit: WHN/Associated Features, Inc.

I have learned already that many broadcasters—those much more experienced and talented than me, to be sure—are willing to lend a helping hand, so Sportscaster Central will encourage outside contributions of all sizes from the broadcasting community. Whether it’s some examples of your prep work or a spot on a podcast, I would love to have you involved!

Below are in-depth descriptions of the types of content I plan to regularly feature at Sportscaster Central. Let me know in the comments section if you have ideas for additional content you’d like to see. I hope see you around here often!

–Dominick Savino

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Dominick Savino, Founder of Sportscaster Central.

Rumblings & Ramblings: Simply put, Rumblings & Ramblings will be where I write about the sports media business. Professional and amateur American sports have become a multi-billion dollar industry, not the least because of the endless media coverage every team and athlete now garners. With the landscape of sports media rapidly changing, there is so much to discuss as overarching themes and issues start to emerge. I’d gladly welcome guest Rumbles & Rambles, too, so feel free to shoot me a line if you want to chime in.

The Sportscaster Central Podcast: On the podcast series, I plan to open up the conversation by talking shop with other sportscasters. We will share stories and talk about the industry that has provided all of us with many memorable experiences. I would love to have talent from all levels and mediums join me for a podcast, so reach out and I’ll get you on The Sportscaster Central Podcast.

Demo Videos: It doesn’t matter the sport or show. Every broadcaster has their own unique way of preparing themselves to do what they do best: talk.  I’ll be using screencasts to showcase the ways that sportscasters go about prepping for the best job in the world. Because everybody has a different approach, I’d love to feature examples of your spotting charts or game boards. Send me over some pictures of your prep work, and I’ll feature them on my next video.