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The Indianapolis Recorder and The Next Generation Initiative announced a partnership to cover local sports and publish a weekly digital sports page.

The collaboration will provide an opportunity for aspiring writers, photographers and digital content creators to receive the training necessary to develop their skills in the field of sports media communications. The weekly feature will appear on the Recorder’s digital platform, with selected content to be published in the print edition.
NextGen will also produce features, interviews, athlete showcases and subscriber engagement events.

“Our staff will be focusing on the story behind the scores and presenting features on the people and programs that make Indianapolis one of the best professional and amateur sport cities in the country,” said Dennis Jarrett, Next Generation Initiative program coordinator. “Our objective is to present unique content from the fresh perspective of young, talented sports enthusiasts.”

The collaboration will serve as a tool for the next generation of sports media professionals, as well as a platform to local sports fans.

“As a high school student, I can’t think of a better way to get real world, professional insight into what it takes to be successful in the area that I will be studying and pursuing a career in,” said senior Collin Echols, a member of the NextGen sports team.

The platform is expected to launch the week of Feb. 25. Young people interested in sports coverage or digital media communications — including photography, videography and writing — should contact Dennis Jarrett at info@thenxgen.org.

“Since its founding well over a century ago, the Recorder has dedicated itself to informing the community on a variety of topics that are of significant importance and interest to readers,” said Robert Shegog, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper. “We are proud to partner with NextGen to enhance sports coverage while also providing up-and-coming media professionals with the necessary training to be successful in the industry.”

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