A win-win achieved documenting CPC sports
By Jamie Harmon
Knightly News Reporter
According to the school’s website, “Central Penn College is a small private college in central Pennsylvania offering nine bachelors of science degree programs, seven associate in science degree programs, three associate in applied science degree programs, a master of a professional studies degree program, and more than a dozen post-secondary certificate programs.”
Central Penn College, home of the Knights, offers men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The Central Penn Knights play within the United States Collegiate Athletic Association league (USCAA) Division II.
While working with Athletic Director Kasey Hicks, I attended different events to photograph the athletes to use in future social media posts. For example, my first event was to photograph the men’s and women’s “White-out” basketball games on Feb. 5.
This opportunity has allowed me to get experience in photography by capturing different events such as the white-out basketball game, senior night basketball games for the men’s and women’s teams. I also photographed the press release event announcing the future Central Penn baseball games played at FNB Field, home of the Harrisburg Senators.
While working with Central Penn athletics, I then used applications like Canva to combine the photos I had taken with approved graphics to create captive social media content. I chose Canva because I felt it was the easiest for me to use to create graphics from the photography I was taking.
This was my favorite aspect of this professional project and will help me the most in my future career development to have the ability to explore graphic design to combine my photography with graphics for social media posts. This was the aspect of the project that took the most time for me because I was not as familiar with graphic design, but I had taken the COM230: Desktop Publishing class during my educational journey.
Developing social media content to highlight Central Penn athletes is the most rewarding component of this project. Creating posts like Knight Spotlight to showcase amazing athletes like Ryan Stevens, who created his own business customizing shoes for well-known athletes, doesn’t feel like work. I get lost developing content because it’s what I love to do.
Harmon is vice president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.
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Edited by media-club co-advisers Professor Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.