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Panini seeks junior reporter for Super Bowl media day
Posted Jan 14, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Panini America is looking for a reporter to help the company during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVII.
Not just any reporter. A junior reporter.
For the second consecutive year, the card company has obtained a credential for “an adventurous collector” aged 13 or younger to be Panini’s “Knight’s Lance Junior Reporter” (the Knight’s Lance is the name of Panini’s online blog) in New Orleans on Media Day, which is Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
The winner will get to ride shotgun with the Panini crew in the Superdome that day and will get to ask questions. Hey, why not a kid asking questions? Have you heard some of the questions that get asked by other “celebrity” reporters?
That State Farm Insurance TV commercial featuring Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers being grilled by a classroom full of young students is a perfect parallel.
Panini will record the young reporter in action and will post the video on The Knight’s Lance during Super Bowl week.
So how does one become a Junior Reporter? Here are the guidelines.
Parental permission is the most important thing.
The prospective reporter should be a collector of Panini football cards.
Here’s the toughest part, logistically: the aspiring reporter should either live in the New Orleans area or otherwise be able to meet Panini America officials at the Superdome on the morning of Super Bowl XLVII Media Day. That means if you enter and you win, you have to foot the bill to get to (and stay) in New Orleans.
If you are going to be a reporter, Panini wants a sample of your writing skills. So they are requesting an essay of 300 words or less and want to know the favorite Panini America football card in your collection and why you would make the perfect Knight’s Lance Junior Reporter.
And finally, send the Panini folks a list of the 20 questions you’d most like to ask players on Media Day.
Best of luck. If you win, don’t be afraid to ask those questions. Here are some that have been asked before, courtesy of Sports Illustrated:
To Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett: “Is it your mother who’s blind, and your father who’s deaf, or the other way around?”
To Patriots guard Heath Irwin: “Would you like to see the AFC win the Super Bowl?” (The Patriots, of course, are in the AFC. Hmmm …).
To Rams quarterback Kurt Warner: “Do you believe in voodoo, and can I have a lock of your hair?”
For Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace: “After the game, in the shower, what’s your favorite bar of soap?”
And to Broncos quarterback John Elway: “Are you going to listen to Stevie Wonder perform at halftime?”
There are many others out there. Aspiring junior reporters, you have nothing to fear. Go for it.