Summer of Soccer

By Connor Onion | Ball State Sports Link

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 11.13.04 AMSoccer is here. Well, at least it was here for a bit for most Americans.

Say what you want about the future of the international game in this great country, but for me, soccer has been my summer. I have been fully immersed in the soccer culture as an intern for the Chicago Fire Communications Department.

As a digital media intern, I have had the chance to expand upon my skills learned during my first year with Ball State Sports Link.

From using a camera to editing video content to interviewing players and coaches, my work at Ball State has translated into an opportunity with a professional sports organization.

Much like I am used to when working in digital sports at school, the hours are long, inconsistent and sometimes grueling, but man is it worth it to create intriguing content.

Most interns are thought of as the lowest link on the chain of survival within a given company. Typical intern duties include grabbing coffee or taking lunch orders for the boss.

Sure, I’ve fetched phone chargers, water, coffee and even passports for the mayor of Detroit, but the hands on experience I am receiving is invaluable.

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 2.06.53 PMSports Link emphasizes being versatile, learning production skills on top of being in front of a camera or behind a microphone. Working with the Fire has been an extension of this philosophy.

While most of the experience I have gained involves applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, I have also had the chance to pick the brains of ESPN radio host Fred Huebner and Fire TV color commentator Kevin Egan.

Deny until you’re blue in the face the lasting impact the World Cup will have on the embrace of soccer in the states, but I’m sold on the beautiful game.

The artistry and creativity displayed by grown men kicking a sphere on a patch of grass is the perfect compliment to the craft that is digital sports.

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