Lady Tigers Take Part in Media Training 101

by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin)
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Lady Tigers Take Part in Media Training 101

BATON ROUGE — The LSU women’s basketball team participated in a one-hour media training session conducted by Dr. Shirley White of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes on Tuesday afternoon at the Sue Gunter Basketball Complex.

White discussed the qualities of giving a good interview, eye contact, posture and tone of voice. In addition to her presentation, the Lady Tigers began a series of mock interviews on camera and will continue with another session on Thursday.

Among the popular questions brought up included replacing former All-American Allison Hightower, the difficult non-conference schedule and competing in the Southeastern Conference. Each player was and will be evaluated on their mock interview presentation.

“Working with the media and being interviewed is something that has always been important at LSU,” said junior forward LaSondra Barrett. “With the tradition we have here, we are always under the spotlight. I took a lot from the presentation on being prepared, being relaxed and thinking before you speak. A lot of what we learned can apply to other areas of our lives.”

Media training is an imitative under the LSU CHAMPS/Life Skills program and the LSU Sports Information office that every athletic team participates in prior to the season. The mock interviews and individual player media training continue during the season.