I am currently a student assistant in the media relations department of Auburn Athletics. I assist each sports information director in their day-to-day tasks. Any given day, I could be updating stats, player biographies, writing feature stories, press releases, transcribing quotes, setting up press conferences and proofreading. I am specifically assigned to the football and men's golf team. During home football games, I distribute stats to media represenatives and assist as an on-the-field communication liason. I make sure photographers and videographers stay in their restricted areas. For the golf team, I write press releases to media outlets, update player biographies and write tournament recaps. I have enjoyed working for this department and have gained hands-on skills that will benefit me in the future.
I assisted the SEC's Media Relations Director at the 2013 SEC Basketball Media Days. I transcribed quotes from players that entered the main media room and readied quotes to be uploaded to the SEC's website. My assignmnet was basic, but I received a fresh outlook on how a different media relations department operates.