Winterim is the centerpiece of Lawrence Academy's commitment to immersive education -- learning in the concrete and physical world of activity as a complement to learning in the vicarious and symbol-filled world of traditional classrooms.
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The Winterim program is an opportunity to explore a broader range of subjects and skills than is otherwise possible in a regular classroom. In that spirit, student reporters assist the LA communications staff in covering their classmates' experiences, while gaining some knowledge of their own.
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Insight into the World of Communications
by Mark Bedetti ‘19
Following a hearty meal at Julian’s in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 9 the LA Winterim News Team ventured to Schneider Arena at Providence College to watch the PC Friars face off against the University of Maine Black Bears in men's ice hockey.
LA's team got a chance to watch the Hockey East quarterfinal game while having the opportunity to speak with staff from the two teams, as well as a writer from the Providence Journal.
Mike Billings, PC's Senior Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations, took the time to give the News Team a tour of the college's ice hockey complex. Billings, who has spent the past three years with Providence College, described his job as doing "a little bit of everything."
He explained that he is primarily in charge of the website and any social media account -- from Twitter to Snapchat -- and despite the long hours both off and on game days, Billings added that it is the perfect deal, particularly as he still has the chance to recharge over the summer.
"It’s a job that I’ve always dreamed to have and it’s something that I really enjoy," he said. "I couldn’t ask for anything more."
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for UMaine, Katie Peverada, also took the time to answer some questions that I had regarding her role on the team and how someone who is interested into going into a position like hers may do so.
You see, Peverada grew up playing hockey, but her career was cut short due to injury, leading her to find her way into athletic communications. LA's students asked her about any possible advice that she had to give to someone who might have an interest in working towards a position in college athletics.
"Reach out to local schools, local teams," she said.
As an example, Peverada described her past experience working for other colleges and getting the opportunity to be exposed to the national level as crucial experience to building up a resume.
"Most of the time they are not going to be able to pay you but… people see that you love what you are doing and that you are really interested in that field."
The News Team also had the privilege of speaking with Mark Divver, Assistant Sports Editor for the Providence Journal.
Divver, a veteran member of New England's hockey's press corps, offered an alternate perspective to journalism and communications in college sports in comparison to Katie Peverada and Mike Billings.
Divver described his job as “long hours, low pay, lots of fun.” Although he writes about hockey on both the college and professional level, he admitted to enjoying college hockey over the pros.
“I love covering college hockey,” he said. “I love the players, the coaches, the people around it are some of the best, most genuine people you’ll ever hope to meet.”
Divver says that he could never have imagined he would have the opportunity to write about what he loves and explained that after working in news for twenty years, it is a “blessing” to be able to share writing about something he loves.
Thanks to Billings, Peverada, and Divver, the Winterim News Team left the rink with new thoughts on what a career in communications may look like, and with new insight on everything from the path that led them to where they are now; a place where their love for the game helps them survive through the endless hours of hard work.
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