From the very beginning, the vision for LowcoSports.com and whatever came behind it hinged on the idea of creating a learning laboratory where students and fans could contribute and build a community resource built around grassroots LOCAL sports journalism that celebrates our teams and athletes.
Every day, it would seem lately, that dream comes closer to fruition. I’ve spent the past several months talking with numerous friends from various backgrounds in the media and sports industries and trying to advance the ball toward the end zone I envisioned when I launched Lowco in June 2017.
And one of them has officially come on board for the journey.
Adam Carroll is an experienced video professional and former Lowco resident who currently works as an Editor and Server Operator at WTIU-TV in Bloomington, Indiana, the PBS affiliate operated by Indiana University. In his role, he not only edits broadcast packages for a variety of shows but also oversees the in-house replay operations for IU football and basketball games and trains dozens of student workers in video and broadcast operations each year.
Adam’s passion for grassroots community journalism, video content production, and passing his knowledge on to the next generation of students combined with his love of the Lowcountry make him a tremendous addition to Team Lowco and an important building block in the future of the Lowco Student Media Initiative.
“When I saw what Justin was trying to build, I immediately knew I had to reach out and see how I could help,” Carroll said. “Because sometimes people never find their passion, and Ii realize looking back that I waited and never took chances. This allows me to pass on the knowledge I have gained and be part of something special.”
We have selected three student interns — a Bluffton resident who is a freshman film student at SCAD, a Bluffton High School senior with tons of potential behind the camera, and a Hilton Head Christian Academy junior with dreams of making her way to ESPN — who will participate in a hybrid seminar program for the fall semester. They will learn the basics of video content production and best practices when producing content for a professional broadcast outlet and eventually advance to taking part in creating content that appears on LowcoSports.com and our affiliates, including WHHI-TV and The Island News with more partnerships in the works.
Students will have the opportunity to have a hand in producing Last Night in the Lowco and Lowco Weekend Wraparound on WHHI-TV, our popular podcasts including the LowcoSports Lowdown, the Lowco Pigskin Podcast, the Lowco Hoops Report, Lowco FC, and Red’s Barber Shop, and as we add more contributors we plan to add more sport-specific shows to the roster.
Our hope is to be able to add a new cohort of students each semester with more experienced students helping to guide their less experienced peers while continuing to work with their mentors to continue their learning and progress to more advanced skills, slowly scaling up the program to include more students and provide more mentors with a wider range of expertise.
But if I’ve learned anything in life it’s that you can’t skip steps without paying for it later. This is the next step. Thanks for continuing with us on the adventure.