A Journalist's Guide To Super Bowl Media Day

Media Day Essentials

Media Day for the 2013 Super Bowl was upon me, with the yearly rite of bulging crowds of fans and media descending on the Super Dome in New Orleans to get a glimpse of players from the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Luckily for myself, I was in attendance and prepared.

Here are a few Media Day essentials that’ll make your job as a journalist or media member, a heck of a lot easier.

iPhone 4 or newer version

As much as I enjoy using the Verizon Blackberry, I have a tough time alluding to it as my go-to choice for collecting media content. When I traveled to New Orleans, La., in February, I knew what I was in for. Luckily, my iPhone knew, too. According to reports, nearly 3,400 media members were in attendance for the Super Bowl – the second highest in its history – and there was know way in hell I was going to be able to get a DLSR camera setup in a opportunistic spot to snag footage. So, using my iPhone and my height, I stationed up on the bleachers surrounding the cubbyholes that each individual player is assigned and took photos and videos. Using my iPhone, I was able to snap multiple photos (don’t use flash), which could quickly be uploaded to a variety of social media sites in seconds. You may be wondering the quality of those videos and photos, which leads me to my next Media Day essential(s).

GLIF, FiLMiC Pro and Gorilla Tripod

My hands aren’t the steadiest and the quality of my iPhone video recorder may not be professional (although it is still solid), but I had a few tricks to enhance both. The GLIF is an iPhone accessory created by Studio Neat that allows you to mount your iPhone on any tripod and shoot steadier film. This went hand-in-hand with my Gorilla Tripod – a flexible camera tripod that can wrap its foldable legs around any object for a secure, steady shot. The two combined added a steady, smooth video roll for my filming on Media Day. But that’s not all. I purchased FiLMiC Pro, which can be your own for 3.99 on iTunes, which enhances video shooting. In 2012 it beat out a 13,000-dollar Nikon camera in a blind sight test.

Twitter Account

Facebook is on the fall. Twitter, however, isn’t. When Randy Moss said that considers himself the greatest receiver in NFL history, you must tweet that pronto. In today’s world you cannot wait to publish that story, whether it’d be online or print. Instead, tweet it and revisit it at a later time. For those who weren’t in attendance I was able to send out quotes, photos, videos and interesting observations for their discretion through my Twitter account. Paired with my iPhone camera, I snagged a photo of San Francisco’s Joe Staley, who was sporting a fake tattoo sleeve in honor of his teammate, Colin Kaepernick. You may think that sounds minuscule but consider this: two weeks earlier, a columnist on AOL’s Sporting News wrote about Kaepernick’s tattoos and how he looked like a “thug”. By tweeting interesting photos as such to my followers they see how players respond to outside distractions. Besides, who wouldn’t want to know what Jim Harbaugh had to say to ESPN’s Rick Reilly in regards to coaching against his brother?

“I guess the chances are less than getting struck by lightning twice.”