The goal of the Penn High School Athletic Department is to provide accredited media with the best working environment it can, in order to facilitate the timely, fair and accurate reporting of IHSAA events hosted by Penn.
Credentialed reporters/photographers representing bona fide Media are eligible for coverage privileges for Penn events. Per IHSAA guidelines, not every member of the media who applies to cover an event can always be approved due to limited space.
Media planning to cover regular-season events at Penn High School should sign in at the entry gate at Penn’s Athletic Facilities. Credentials need to be available upon request.
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Media doing radio or non-video live-streaming broadcasts, or delayed telecasts need to contact Penn High School Athletic Director Jeff Hart – email@example.com - at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled event to reserve a spot in the press box or on press row.
Penn does not allow live telecasts of home regular-season events, unless there are attendance restrictions, and/or the Penn Athletic Department or IHSAA has approved the request.
Any media that wants to request a reserved seat in the press box or on press row, or sideline/baseline access for photographers/videographers for regular-season events needs to contact Penn High School Athletic Director Jeff Hart - firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance of the scheduled event.
All media is asked to email Penn High School Athletic Director Jeff Hart – email@example.com – with requests to cover IHSAA State Tournament events that Penn is hosting. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance of the scheduled event.
Contact the Penn Athletic Department to check on wifi availability (depending on the site).
Penn High School does not provide reserved media parking.
All IHSAA regulations regarding media coverage, photo/video guidelines and live broadcasting (including on social media) are in effect for regular-season and state tournament events: https://ihsaa.org/Media/Media-Rules-Regulations.
Do not contact Penn High School student-athletes directly with requests for interviews. Contact the individual sport head coach or Curt Rallo - firstname.lastname@example.org - with interview requests.
When covering athletic events at Penn, allow the coaches and student-athletes to have a brief ‘cooling off’ period of five minutes before seeking post-game interviews. Contact the individual sport head coach or Curt Rallo - email@example.com - to request post-game interviews.
Professional conduct, as detailed in the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, is an expectation. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics also asks that journalists, “Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles ...”
Expectations for working media - sourced from the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Basketball Writers Association of America, and the Football Writers Association of America - include:
- Being respectful to all around you, including fans, officials, coaches, student-athletes, support staff, administrators and fellow members of the media.
- Not distracting those around you, including fans, officials, coaches, student-athletes, support staff, administrators and fellow members of the media.
- Refraining from cheering while attending an event in an official media capacity.
- Not blocking the view of fans.
- Be mindful of the work spaces, including taking care of food and beverage containers and not spreading out to take up too much space.
- Contacting a member of (the Penn Athletic Department) to deal with any issues that concern coverage of the event, ranging from fan behavior to media accommodations.
- Not bringing ‘guests’ who are not credentialed media to the event with the expectation that they will receive free admission or privileges accorded to the media.