posted by Mac Nwulu on May 30, 2013 4:54 PM
ESPN Front Row presents ScreenGrabbed: What You See On-Air And How It Gets There
ESPN’s coverage of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee continues with live coverage of the Championship Finals on ESPN and WatchESPN at 8 p.m ET.
While regular ESPN viewers will recognize SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele and reporter Samantha Ponder — who are hosting and reporting at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, respectively — many will be at a loss trying to recognize some of the competition’s central figures on- and off-camera.
Front Row provides a quick peek at the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s key staffers and their association with the competition.
Pronouncer Dr. Jacques A. Bailly, generally referred to as the most-interesting person in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Dr. Bailly is the 1980 National Spelling Bee champion. He is currently an associate professor of classics at the University of Vermont and this is his 11th year as the pronouncer.
Associate pronouncer Dr. Brian M. Sietsema is an ordained priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and serves a parish in Lansing, Mich. After receiving a doctorate in linguistics in 1989, he served as the pronunciation editor for Merriam-Webster from 1990 to 1998.
Janice S. Liebenberg (sponsorship and operations coordinator with The E.W. Scripps Company), Bridget Nealis (banker with Fifth Third Bank in Greenburg, Ind.), and Malorie Nealis (marketing and nutrition student at The Ohio State University) receive and comfort the eliminated spellers.
The “Kiss and Cry” couch offers the champion spellers their first port of call to gather their thoughts and reflect on the competition immediately following a misspelled word.
Hannah Worster contributed to this post.
posted by David Scott on May 23, 2013 4:03 PM
The Pulitzers are nice, but Don Van Natta Jr. had a bucket list moment from the May 22 episode of “Jeopardy!”
Don Van Natta Jr.’s career in journalism has reached peaks only imagined by most of his colleagues. A winner of multiple Pulitzer Prizes at the Miami Herald and the New York Times, Van Natta is also an accomplished author and in relatively short time with ESPN, he has made an indelible mark on the company’s sports journalism.
But it wasn’t until yesterday’s episode of the long-running game show, “Jeopardy!,” that Van Natta truly ascended to a place few will ever reach. He shares his story with Front Row: continue reading…
posted by David Scott on March 21, 2013 5:47 PM
Before Tuesday’s well-executed court-storming after Robert Morris’s NIT upset win over Kentucky on ESPN, cameras caught the sign above during one of the returns from commercial break. Which got us thinking – is there a strategy that works best for ensuring YOUR sign will make it on air during a game. Producer Eric Mosley shares some insight:
“There really isn’t a standard formula or practice in regards to which signs we use on the air. Our director usually pans the crowd before the game and we see what signs are creative, funny and most importantly, appropriate to use when cutting around during the game. They will also identify any signs that are inappropriate and which ones we should avoid using if they are insulting or profane. Sometimes we will use [the shots] in edited packages if they seem to fit the mood or theme we are trying to portray.”