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The West Side Leader and Akron RubberDucks Introduce Journalism Day for Students

May 12, 2014

(AKRON, OHIO) May 12, 2014 - The West Side Leader and the Akron RubberDucks are presenting an exciting opportunity for young, aspiring journalists to see what it's like to cover a professional baseball team for a day!

Starting every Sunday between June 1st and August 31st, students who have just completed fourth through 11th grades are invited to come and take part in the West Side Leader's Journalism Days at Canal Park.

Students will have the chance to sit amongst beat reporters from the area up in the press box as they watch and write his or her very own story that will run in the West Side Leader!

Participants and a parent will be provided lunch and personalized credentials to allow them to get a first-hand look at what goes on behind the scenes in the press box during a RubberDucks game. From seeing how the scoreboard is operated, to peeking in on the RubberDucks' radio broadcasters, to visiting the Official Scorer, students will get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look that will be sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Before the game, students will be able to take in batting practice from the RubberDucks' dugout and following the game, participants will get to travel down into the RubberDucks' clubhouse and conduct his or her own interviews with manager David Wallace and a RubberDucks player, just like professional sports journalists do!

Journalism Day is a unique and exciting experience that can help enrich a student's writing skills, confidence, and versatility, while also giving them a fun afternoon filled with stories to last a lifetime.

To apply for the West Side Leader Journalism Days, candidates need to submit why they should be considered in 50 words or less to [email protected] Winners will be notified three to seven days before the game date. 

For more information, call (330) 253-5151, go to, or email [email protected]

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West Side Leader Journalism Day Details

Held each Sunday from June 1 until Aug. 31

Students who have just completed grades 4 through 11 are eligible

Get a tour and cover the game from the press box like a reporter

Interview manager David Wallace and a key player after the game

Take in pre-game batting practice from the dugout

Video board recognition Student journalist's story and photo will appear in the next West Side Leader

Personalized credential and catered lunch for participant and a parent

Meet with broadcasters David Wilson and Jim Clark of RubberDucks flagship Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM

To Enter: Kids should e-mail [email protected] & tell why he or she should be a reporter in 50 words or less!