“Everyone’s performance has been great.” -Yanan Wu about the reporting students’ work.
“They have excellent communication skills. They can get along with WTA/ATP officers very well without me. This is really helpful.” -Jenna Li on the performance of students doing media/player relations.
By Erin Meyer and Stefan Bellm
The ten MU students who traveled from Columbia, MO, to Beijing to work at the 2011 China Open come from various backgrounds with varying academic and professional interests. With students on the magazine, broadcast, strategic communication and even agricultural journalism tracks, program director Carolina Escudero had the difficult task of ensuring the experience would be beneficial to the students’ goals. After interviewing the team, she worked with China Open officials to place each student.
The reporting team consisted of a group of six burgeoning journalists. Melissa Gilstrap, Suet Lee, Stefan Bellm, Danny Matteson, Molly Bullock and Julia Boudreau immediately got to work covering tennis matches and various activities around the China Open.
“Everyone’s performance has been great.” Yanan Wu, China Open media manager and supervisor of reporting team. Wu also said she was impressed with the high quality of writing produced by some students.
Being more interested in PR and media relations as opposed to traditional journalism, Erin Meyer, Nina Bolka and Peter Schmidt joined the PR team to assist China Open and WTA/ATP officials in coordinating player activities, press conferences and media interviews.
“They have excellent communication skills. They can get along with WTA/ATP officers very well without me. This is really helpful.” Jenna Li, Marketing manager and manager of PR team.
Broadcast student Chloe Dake was asked early on to join the upper management of the tournament and assumed the role of personal assistant to Charles Hsiung, one of the tournament directors. This position was more appealing to Dake’s interests.
Although they took on varying roles throughout the tournament, everyone’s experiences shared some commonalities. For two weeks, all ten students spent long hours at the tennis center receiving extensive, challenging and rewarding experience in communicating and working in media with people from different cultures and language backgrounds.