It was a great privilege to cover WKU in the first round of the NCAA tournament when they played Kansas in Kansas City for the College Heights Herald. The day wasn’t merely a chance to shoot sports, which I haven’t done as much since I started working as an editor; it was a lesson in logistics as well.
The WKU vs. Kansas match-up was the fourth game of the day in the arena, so I was able to spend the rest of the day planning how to cover it. When I arrived, I began by claiming a spot and setting up my workspace in the media workroom. After that, I scouted out positions to shoot from. I knew that I would have a reserved spot on the floor during the game, but I wanted to have a variety of angles to break up the gallery, so I headed high up in the arena. After picking positions, I shot half of one of the early games so that I could be ready with the right exposure and white balance, then used those pictures to practice and refine my workflow so that I’d be able to get photos online fast. I wouldn’t be just shooting, but editing and posting a gallery as well.
As game time approached, I took a taxi to the team hotel to cover a pep rally, then hurried back to the arena and had the first photos online an hour before tip off. Then I photographed cheerleaders and band members getting ready for the game and posted photos once more before the game started. After the team finished warming up, I headed to the higher locations I had scouted out earlier, and spent all of the first half shooting from high angles before making my way to the floor for the last minute of the half. With a mad dash, I updated the gallery again over half time, then went to my assigned spot on the floor for the second half. After the game, we were allowed into the locker room, and I covered the press conference as well before making the last update to the gallery an hour after the game was over. It was exhilarating to work on such a tight deadline, especially since I haven’t gotten to do that since I moved to the yearbook world, and I think that practice editing sports so quickly will serve me well.
To see more from the game, check out the gallery on the Herald’s website.