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Cockfighting Cojones

Sports journalism isn’t always a perch in a comfy pressbox. Here’s a story about a producer for E:60 who went undercover to an illegal cockfight in Texas, with a buttonhole camera.

Rough crowd. Had he been unmasked no telling what would have happened. Fortunately he survived with health intact, stark footage, and a powerful story.

“Make Yourself Available”

When ESPN Boston started up in 2010 Scott Barboza landed one of the two positions, along with Brendan Hall, on the high school beat. How did he do it? He networked, from his job in the New England Patriots media relations department, Barboza explains in this interview.

But networking isn’t all of it. Barboza came straight out of Fall River with an Emerson College (2005) degree, a taste for fine dining, and an intellect that ranges from the work of Stephen Hawking to Jean-Pierre Jeunet to Gordon Edes.

Being the right person in the right place at the right time is a career skill not taught in college, or anywhere, for that matter. Barboza offers his advice.

A Story of Death and Second Chances

The story of the death of boxer Paco Rodriguez, at age 24 from ring-inflicted injuries, and the four women who are alive thanks to the internal organs he donated, is told by E:60 producers Vin Cannamela and Frank Saraceno.

Empathy and planning went into their story, entitled “Hero”. Cannamela and Saraceno, both seasoned pros, struggled to control their own emotions during one tearful scene. I dare anybody to watch it without being moved.

Weird Lede

This Boston Globe lede rambles from Twitter to somebody’s nose to coconut water. One question: how could the writer know that “the coldest of suds would not have tasted as good as the electrolyte-filled beverages the Bruins were all downing”?

Shooting the Monster

In Heather Lombardo’s profile of new Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, the Green Monster, as always, provides a visual that lingers. She shot Crawford outside and inside the iconic landmark, and explains – to E:60 Production Notes – how she approached the Monster with “respect” and a plan.

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