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January 17, 2013


University of Montana journalism students are getting hands-on experience in the School of Journalism’s play-by-play sports announcing class. The three-credit class gives students studying all disciplines of journalism the opportunity to come together to learn the art of sports announcing.

 By the end of the three-week Wintersession class, the students will have fanned out to announce 30 basketball games for high schools and UM. They’re learning radio and television announcing techniques from Adjunct Professor and Broadcast Media Center Producer/Director John Twiggs.

Twiggs also invited guest speakers into the classroom, including long-time local sports announcers Mick Holien and Bill Schwanke, to pass on preparation and organization tips from the field, including best-practices on how to record game statistics.  

“The course is very hands-on,” Twiggs said. “The students are jumping in and learning by doing. The experts volunteered to help out students by passing on the tips they’ve learned over years of sports announcing.”

During this experimental course, the students each gain practical experience as a play-by-play, color commentator and producer for a project. Twiggs collaborated with UM’s Sports Information office and Griz Vision to find opportunities for students to do a live audio and video recording during a UM game to simulate a television broadcast.

Fifteen students are taking the Wintersession course, and according to Twiggs, there is discussion of continuing the course in the future.

For more information call Twiggs at 406-243-4565 or email Follow the play-by-play students on Twitter @RTV395sports.



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Contact: John Twiggs , adjunct professor, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4565,