The winner of the Deseret News' contest will have everything that goes with covering a Jazz game - including a deadline.
After having dinner in the press room, monitoring NBA scores on the Sportsticker and watching the game with a great view comes the real thing: gathering quotes and writing a story for the next morning's newspaper.That's where the job loses a little glamor. The winner of the Deseret News "Coverage is Best Because . . ." Contest will experience all the ups and downs of covering a Jazz game, Saturday April 14 when the Jazz play Houston in the Salt Palace.
Besides meeting his or her favorite Jazz player for an interview and photo session before the game, appearing on the "Jazztalk" radio program and watching a game that could have big impact on the NBA playoff picture, the winner will provide analysis of the game for the Sunday Deseret News. The winner's story will appear along with the report of Kurt Kragthorpe, the Jazz beat writer for the News.
The deadline for the Metro edition of the Sunday Deseret News allows the writer about one hour after the game to compose the story and transmit it via portable computer from the press room to the newspaper office for editing and production.
"That's one of the real challenges in newspaper writing, and that's why this contest opportunity is so realistic," said Kragthorpe. "The winner will really have the full flavor of what covering the Jazz is like."
The contest is open to boys and girls ages 10-17. All entrants need to do is write 25 words or less, telling why they think the Deseret News has the best Jazz coverage. Entries must include name, address, phone number and age; one entry per person. They must be received at the Deseret News, P.O. Box 1257, 30 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110 on Tuesday, April 10, no later than 5 p.m.
Also awarded will be 10 second prizes of basketball shoes, 20 third prizes of Deseret News T-shirts and 40 fourth prizes of John Stockton posters.