Staff reporters cover pro hockey game
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Two reporters from The Lookout were in attendance at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, March 2 to cover the Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Rockford IceHogs.
Sports Editor Rich Schenck and News Editor Aaron Emerson were among about 25 reporters chosen to cover the game, write an article and earn a chance to be published on MLive.com.
The Grand Rapids Griffins are a part of the American Hockey League and are affiliated with The Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. The Icehogs are affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The game ended with a 2-1 overtime victory for the Griffins, who played in front of a packed Van Andel Arena crowd.
The reporters said they were excited about being involved with the event.
“The atmosphere was very upbeat,” Emerson said. “The press box is built right in above the stands, so it really gives reporters a feel for the fan enthusiasm.
“The interviews after the game were my favorite part; to be able to participate in a professional hockey game setting was really cool.”
Schenck also enjoyed the experience.
“There were a lot of people dressed in Red Wings gear,” Schenck said. “Red Wings fans always know how to make a home game feel like a true home game.
The Lookout reporters talked about the experience of competing with other young reporters for a spot on MLive.com.
“It was definitely interesting knowing other reporters were trying to out-write you, all while trying to get to know them as much as you could in that short time,” Emerson said.
Said Schenck: “It gave me a real sense of how the world of sports journalism will be. You’re going to be competing with other writers from all over for hits on the web, so you have to be on top of your game.”
Neither Emerson nor Schenck won the writing competition, but both said covering the professional hockey game was a reward in itself.