For the third consecutive year, the Deseret News is looking for a sidekick for Jazz writer Brad Rock. It's not that Rock is being replaced, it's just that once a year he needs a little help.
Hopefully, the help will come from an aspiring sports writer between the ages of 10 and 16 who wants the chance to cover a Jazz game for the Deseret News.To qualify for the grand prize, contestants must write a convincing essay, poem or story in 25 words or less about why the Deseret News has the best coverage of the Utah Jazz.
Last year's winner was 15-year-old Janna Nielsen of Kearns. Her winning entry was as follows:
The Deseret News
is the one I use.
For it has pizazz
when covering the Jazz.
Two points! No, three
to them from me!
Over three hundred entries are expected. The grand prize offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some young Jazz fan.
The winner and his or her parents will receive special treatment at the April 17 Jazz game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, including:
A pre-game dinner in the pressroom; an interview on JazzTalk; courtside seats for the winner's parents plus a chance to sit on press row with Brad Rock. Additionally, the winner will attend the post-game interviews and then be hustled off to the Deseret News editorial offices to prepare a story for the Saturday morning paper on April 18.
Ten second place winners will receive a pair of basketball shoes from the Footlocker; 25 third place winners will receive a Deseret News Sports Page T-shirt and 100 fourth place winners will receive a poster of Jazz player Mike Brown in action.
The contest deadline is April 10, at 5 p.m. Entries may be mailed or delivered to the Deseret News editorial offices, P.O. Box 1257, 30 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110.
Contestants should address their entry to "Best Jazz Coverage" and include their name, address, phone, birth date and age, plus names of parents. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
Employees of the Deseret News, Utah Jazz, Newspaper Agency Corp. and associated sponsors and their immediate families are not eligible.
Entries will be judged on creativity and originality. Art work, illustrations or special mounting is not necessary but is not discouraged.
Winners will be announced in the April 14 edition of the Deseret News.
Initially, the guest sports writer was to cover the Phoenix game on April 3, and some advertising has indicated that date. However, the starting time on the Phoenix game has been moved to 8:30 p.m., making it very difficult to write a story to meet the deadline for the next day's paper. So, contest officials decided to invite the grand prize winner to cover the Minnesota game on April 17.