A memorable first time

By DAVID JARKA

Fears of getting punched by a National Hockey League head coach is one of the highlights Phil Genco’s internship with the WIVB-TV Channel 4 last semester.phil

As an intern under sports reporters John Murphy and Paul Peck, Genco, a 21-year-old Jamestown, N.Y. native, was able to interview Buffalo Sabres players and coaches after their last game of the season this past spring. According to Genco, Channel 4 was short of staff that Sunday, and thus the opportunity for him to due the interviews opened for him for the very first time.

Genco was able to interview several Sabres players such as forward Jason Pominville and defensman Teppo Numminen, who was very emotional afterwards because he had just played the final game of his career.

“It was pretty sweet to be with the guys in the lockerroom,” Genco said.

However, the most memorable moment for him came when Genco went to interview Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. With the Sabres failing to make the playoffs, there was much speculation that Ruff would be fired by the Sabres’ front office. This added on top of his team losing, Ruff was very agitated at the post-game press conference.

So when the microphone that Channel 4 was relying on for the press conference wasn’t working and Genco had to sit in front of the podium holding a different one up to Ruff’s face, he was quite nervous that the extremely irate coach would think he’s acting foolish and whale him in the face. Being the only one in the room to have to do this also added to his anxiousness.

But no fist ever came and Genco stuck in there by himself. When things did not go to plan, he adapted to the situation and still got the new story for the station.

“It was a cool experience and I was kind of scared but I wanted to get the story and not disappoint anyone,” Genco said.

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One response to “A memorable first time

  1. Lead: 3/4The idea of the lead is good, the execution is awkward. Fears of getting punched is? You can certainly do better. Also, you almost tell the story backward and use weak verbs to do it. Give me action. SHOW me him there.

    Interviews: 3 You got the story, the emotion, etc. What is missing, is the background on Phil. Why was he so excited to interview the Sabres? Is he a longtime fan? Is it just the thrill anyone gets because they are professional athletes? Explain why he was so excited — was he thinking this could make his career etc. The more you give me on his thoughts/background, the more I care about him and understand the story.

    Grammar: 3 You don’t have issues with grammar, but you can polish your writing and master advanced writing techniques. Watch carelessness do, not due.

    Please kill “was able to” from your vocab list. It is awkward and slows down your prose.

    Here’s how you can tighten and get more control over your prose:

    According to Genco, Channel 4 was short of staff that Sunday, and thus the opportunity for him to due the interviews opened for him for the very first time.

    Genco’s big moment came on the night of the last Sabres’ game. Channel 4 was short-staffed and he jumped in to help.

    Genco was able to interview several Sabres players such as forward Jason Pominville and defensman Teppo Numminen, who was very emotional afterwards because he had just played the final game of his career.

    He interviewed Sabres forward Jason Pominville and defenseman Teppo Numminen, who had just played the final game of his career and was very emotional.
    (TIP: Always explain in chronological order so reader can understand. Say it was the last game of his career so he was emotional not he was emotional because — it’s small, but it impacts how a reader follows a story)

    “It was pretty sweet to be with the guys in the lockerroom,” Genco said.

    THIS IS A BAD QUOTE — of course it was sweet. What else was it? Ask better questions, get better answers.

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