The State of WTBU Sports
Over the last year, the role of WTBU in Boston University sports coverage has changed and developed in many ways. The purpose of this piece is to summarize our direction, recent changes that have been made, and lay out a blueprint for the future. Happy 2017!
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OUR WEBSITE WITH MANAGING EDITOR, DAN SHULMAN
- Our website, SPORTSWTBU.COM, offers a unique perspective into BU Sports. Our game previews and recaps deliver the full story of every BU athletic event before and after with unbiased and accurate reporting. We also include features on several Terrier athletes across all sports as well as opinionated pieces on professional sports. We strive to generate daily content that both interests and informs our readers.
- CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
- In 2017, WTBU Sports will look to go further than just reporting on games and teams at BU. One of our main objectives is to continue the addition of feature articles and practice reports for every team. Our website already has an array of team specific pages with archives of every article in a particular season. By adding more in-depth articles to our collection, we will continue to provide some of the best coverage of BU Sports.
- Another major addition we are looking to apply to all sports is the live blog. We were able to test out the concept at Frozen Fenway 2017 and it was a big success. Next to live tweeting, the blog is a perfect way to provide a chronology of events for a game to readers. The blog can remain up after the conclusion of the event as a hybrid box-score/play-by-play account of a game. This is currently still in the proposal phase but expect the live blog to become a more pedestrian part of our BU Sports coverage.
- With spring sports on the horizon, we will be looking to provide full coverage of both Men’s and Women’s lacrosse at BU along with the reigning Patriot League Champion softball team. We are currently releasing preseason coverage of our spring sports and will look to cover all three teams extensively. With news ranging from recruiting to player profiles to game coverage and more, our Terrier lacrosse coverage is set to be the best in Boston. For softball, we will provide a slightly looser coverage given the heavy schedule of games but you can expect every game to be covered as well as special pieces on players.
SOCIAL MEDIA CORNER WITH ASST. SPORTS DIRECTOR, MARISA INGEMI
- In the 2016 fall semester, the social media side of WTBU took off. Our Twitter coverage expanded from live tweeting games to breaking news and getting in the conversation as a must-follow for not only BU news, but college hockey and lacrosse as well. We began Facebook Live coverage of post game press conferences at men’s and women’s hockey, as well as videos from Terrier Madness with the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Additionally, we debuted our SnapChat account, wtbusportsbu, on the night of Terrier Madness, and that account has been active at all of BU’s major events such as Frozen Fenway and multiple hockey home games.
- THINGS TO COME
- As our Twitter presence continues to grow, we’ll begin to add more interactive content such as polls and give readers an opportunity to tell us what they want to hear about. We’ll also have more multimedia and short live video clips from events such as hockey and lacrosse, and more SnapChat, including takeovers from individual writers and broadcasters to see what it takes to cover these events.
BROADCASTS & PODCASTS ON WTBU SPORTS
- Our broadcast coverage and quality continues to get better, and the first half of the 2016-17 year included broadcasts from Frozen Fenway, Terrier Madness, multiple BU home and road hockey broadcasts, and extended coverage of college hockey as a whole with the This Week in College Hockey Podcast.
- WHAT’S NEW IN 2017?
- As TWiCH’s presence continues to grow, a new logo debuted at Frozen Fenway, and we will begin to include various guests and continue to add new features to the program. More special edition podcasts around basketball and lacrosse will also extend the outreach of the network. For broadcasts, we will have a presence at the Beanpot, women’s Beanpot, women’s Hockey East championships, and possibly, the NCAA Frozen Four.
- One possible addition we could potentially be adding to our array of coverage is a live radio stream of postgame press conferences. By using the mixlr app, not only can our listeners access live and archived streams of any BU sporting event, but it will now allow us to bring you a stream of the coach’s press conference from our mobile devices to yours. This is still in the ideas phase but by the end of the winter season, don’t be surprised to see this added to our coverage array.
- The possibility of having a sideline reporter is being discussed and could soon be a regular feature on WTBU broadcasts. We have been working on the logistics for having three people on broadcasts whether adding an extra broadcaster in the booth or having a third person on the sidelines giving an in-depth view of the game. This is one of our most exciting ideas for the new year so hopefully we can make this plan a reality in the very near future.
SPECIAL PROJECTS IN THE YEAR TO COME
- For years, WTBU Sports has been an online-only news source. Recently, at events like the annual Beanpot and the 2017 edition of Frozen Fenway, WTBU has made short newsletters available to members of the media in order to maximize our coverage of BU Sports. Not only are newsletters a way to attract more traffic with creative content, but they also serve to show the work our staff writers put into our website as well as help our writers with networking.
- FUTURE ENDEAVORS
- As we did last year, we here at WTBU Sports will be making newsletters for both nights of the Beanpot to share with our readers and the media. Not only will there be content about the games in this year’s tournament, but history and feature articles as well. All content and newsletters from both Monday nights can be found in the Beanpot page on our website.
- Boston University will be hosting the 2017 Women’s Hockey East Championship at Walter Brown Arena. Given this special opportunity to host the conference tournament on campus, our goal will be to bring this tournament to our readers. We will be working arduously on creating a newsletter for the event as well as broadcasting and reporting on all three games. Our coverage will include podcasts, game commentary, and historic pieces about the tournament. Stay tuned for this exciting opportunity!
- With several BU teams poised to make it to the postseason, our goal will be to provide the utmost coverage of all our teams in the playoffs. If any BU team makes it to the final four of their respective conference, WTBU Sports will be providing wall-to-wall extensive coverage of the Terriers. This includes newsletters, podcasts, game broadcasts and complete coverage of the entire tournament.
CLOSING MESSAGE FROM OUR SPORTS DIRECTOR, ALEX SMITH
To close, we would like to thank all of our readers. In the end, we are a student journalist institution, and the main purpose of our organization is to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. However, what truly pushes us is having an actual base of readers who truly care about Boston University Athletics, and by extension the content we produce.
We at WTBU are made up of writers, former athletes, equipment managers, former practice players, bloggers, and broadcasters. The opportunities that we’ve had to be so close to the games we love at the D1 level is something not afforded to any student at any school. We are truly blessed to work in conjunction, and with the support of, the entire BU Athletics Community.
In the end, we could have been doing all this work for nobody. Each and every one of us is passionate about the teams we cover, especially BU Field Hockey. If we were writing for nobody, though, we never would have gotten this far.
My personal involvement in WTBU has been by far the most fulfilling part of my experience at Boston University. And it wouldn’t have been possible without each and every member of our staff, the incredible performance of many of our BU teams, and the accessibility we have. Thanks to a committed staff, in 2016 WTBU Sports reached new heights, in terms of broadcast quality, opportunity, and readership online. The best is yet to come.