Students from the sports camp interview former UNC men’s basketball player Marcus Paige during their press conference. Photo by Kyle York

Starting in 2012, the Carolina Sports Journalism Camp is a four-day residential workshop based out of the NCSMA offices for rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in sports and media — both in-state and out-of-state. The workshop includes instructional sessions on sports play-by-play, sports writing, sports photography and much more. Students are housed on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus.

The camp also includes classroom instruction and newsroom practice, featuring visiting sports reporters and sports personalities. Students take a behind-the-scenes tour of UNC’s sports media facilities, and they cover a press conference on a sports media deadline. In past years, students have interviewed UNC men’s basketball players Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson.

Students also observe an undergraduate sports writing course taught by Carolina Sports Journalism Camp lead instructor Tim Crothers. Crothers is a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of the book, “The Man Watching” and collaborator with Roy Williams on Williams’ autobiography, “Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court.” His work has appeared in New York Times Magazine and ESPN The Magazine.