Eight Simple Rules of Being a Courtside Reporter

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 08, 2015 05:04 PM
Eight Simple Rules of Being a Courtside Reporter
"You really can’t please everyone, and the advent of social media has made it easier for people to say all kinds of things about you." -- Nicole Yu

By Nicole Yu

Ever since I began my stint as courtside reporter, a lot of people have been asking me questions about what really goes on off-camera, how do we prepare for game day and how close we really are to the teams we report for? As journalists, we abide by certain rules that most people aren’t aware of. Well, I’m here to spill a few little known facts about what it takes to be a courtside reporter.

The number one rule we courtside reporters must follow is to always be on time. Being fashionably late is not cool, especially if you have to report live for games that always start on time. Nobody has time to wait for you and you have to be considerate enough for the production team who might need you to do some last minute VTRs. Time is valuable and we usually use the extra time to get updates about the team, finalize our reports and relax before all hell breaks loose. Another thing we do is constantly rehearse. They say practice makes perfect, but in this case practice makes you internalize your reports and get a good grip of what you actually want to say. Our reports are never what they expect them to be but we try are best to reveal all the hidden points the viewers might be interested in.

If you’ve ever wondered how we get ourselves camera-ready, we actually have a resident make-up artist who does the beautifying for us (Hello, Ate My!) She makes sure our eyebrows are on fleek and our cheekbones are on point. We’re advised not to wear heavy make-up when reporting. We have to keep our looks simple; after all we’re all just college girls.

High heels are a big no-no. Sneakers or any rubber-soled footwear are highly encouraged to avoid scratching the court. Plus, it makes it easier for us to run around the arena to get the latest scoop of the quarter.

We also like to coordinate with our reporting partners. Have you ever wondered why we wear almost the same thing our partner wears during coverage? That isn’t purely coincidental. Not a lot of people know this but we actually have uniforms. And it’s up to us to decide what to wear on game day. Say I have a game this Saturday with NU, I’d just text Tricia telling her to go with our big-striped polos cause I just wore the one with thin stripes. Easy as that.

Reporting-wise, we always have to be careful about what we say. You can never take back anything you say on live television. We’re here to give the viewers solid, hard-hitting information – we’re not here to start a fight. As reporters, we try to reveal what’s best about the team. So if you want to be a courtside reporter, mind your language – avoid cussing and talk about things people would be interested in hearing. Don’t give them a reason to hit mute.

Given that, it’s always important to keep your cool and be a good sport. The game might not turn out the way you want it to be. Winning can be fun, but in the world of sports losing is inevitable. Don’t be a trash-talker. Sports are made to be fun. Respect other players, other teams. Sure, emotions will run high but never let them get the best of you.

Lastly, it’s good to know that there are people who support you and appreciate what you do. Of course, there will also be a handful of those who hate your guts each time you pop on their screens. Be open to criticism and take it constructively. You really can’t please everyone, and the advent of social media has made it easier for people to say all kinds of things about you. Don’t let it get to you. It’s all part of the job. Just keep doing what you do, because at the end of the day the joy you get from reporting for your team on the sidelines makes it’s all worth it.



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