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WOUB Student Selected for Sports Journalism Institute

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Ethan Sands will intern at the Tallahassee Democrat over the summer

ATHENS, OH – WOUB student and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism news and information major Ethan Sands has been selected for the Sports Journalism Institute (SJI) Class of 2020. He is one of 16 college students from around the country selected for the program. The 11 men and five women will be the second SJI class to attend boot camp at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Boot camp will run May 30-June 7, with students moving on to internships around the country afterward.

WOUB News Editor-in-Chief Allison Hunter wrote a letter of recommendation to support Sands application for the program. “Ethan is a volunteer at WOUB Public Media while he attends Ohio University. I also hired Ethan as a part-time employee this past summer,” said Hunter in the letter. “Ethan is involved in just about everything sports at WOUB, but it was the way he met and worked through the challenge of working as a news multimedia journalist this past summer that let me know that he is built to succeed in any situation. There are times when aspiring sports journalists think reporting news stories will make their brain explode out of their ears. Ethan was one of them, but he worked through that mental block, took the feedback to heart, and went on to produce solid content for our radio, television, and web audiences.”

During the week of boot camp at Arizona State, students will focus on live coverage experiences, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Mercury among the local teams likely on the agenda. After finishing up at ASU, Sands will intern at the Tallahassee Democrat for the remainder of the summer.

In addition to his work at WOUB, Sands also was the social media manager for an interview-based podcast in his hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland called Millennial Mondays. He currently serves as a co-host, audio engineer, video producer and editor for a pop culture and lifestyle podcast called Hey Frase and is video and audio production editor at Podcast Village, both in Washington D.C.

“There are no two ways about it, Ethan is a go-getter,” said Hunter. “The training he will receive as an intern in this program will help him be as successful as he wants to be in this industry.”