USMENSROWING.COM

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j/row

The USMensRowing.com website was created by J/ROW — the Journalism/Rowing Oregon Workshop — with the permission of USRowing and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Members of J/ROW are students and faculty at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.

mission

The goal of the J/ROW project is to create a nonprofit website that educates rowing enthusiasts about the sport in general, and also profiles some of the athletes at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, who are competing for seats on the US Men’s Rowing Team.

The content is intended to be not only functional but also visually stunning. Information is conveyed through multiple tools such as written pieces, photo galleries, audio clips and video footage, including music videos.

Student producers have generated content covering all aspects of a compelling story waiting to be told. Glimpses into the lives and backgrounds of these athletes and coaches are revealed in profile-style articles. Interviews with the coaches and trainers give insight into the training, dedication and hard work it takes to be successful. Upcoming articles will explore other facets of the sport (the design and construction of the racing shells, the funding of the US Men’s Rowing Team, the selection process, regattas, championship races, the Olympic Games, etc.). Multimedia components capture the sport’s unique blend of power, precision and synchronicity.

The content is designed to appeal to a wide audience — people with extensive knowledge of the sport as well as those who have very little. Rowers, their friends and families, donors, prospective donors and anyone interested in the sport will find compelling and useful information on the site.

staff

Professor Wheeler writes: “The J/ROW staff was selected from among our best students. All of them are talented and accomplished, and at graduation time (June 2011) several received recognition for outstanding achievements. For example, Max Brown was awarded scholarships from both the Arlyn E. Cole Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Dean Rea Scholarship Endowment Fund. Beth Kramer won a Columbia Scholarship (intended ‘to attract the most talented and academically strongest students’). Michael Ciaglo won awards for both photography and multimedia from the National Press Photography Association as well as the Hearst Journalism Awards. Rebecca Sedlak was the recipient of the prestigious Lorry I. Lokey Journalism Scholarship (its standards are so high that some years it’s not awarded to anyone at all). And Lea Artz was named the Most Outstanding Magazine Student as well as the recipient of the Van Kimmel Bell Award for outstanding achievement and leadership.”

All of the J/ROW students already carried a full academic load before taking on extra multimedia workloads for this project. The members who visited the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, paid for their plane tickets and accommodations out of their own pockets. This is a volunteer group; none of the students received college credit or compensation for his or her efforts. Photos and brief bios of the student staff may be found here.

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