The New York Jets gave six aspiring young journalists a chance to showcase their skills during 2022 Jets Training Camp in Florham Park, New Jersey. The six area high schoolers, who are all returning campers to the The Sports Broadcasting Camp which has been held each of the past 21 years at Montclair State University as the longest running camp of its type in the country, met reporters, interviewed Jets staff, fans and even a huge social media influencer.
Luke Achilarre (Morristown-Beard), Timothy David (Morris Knolls), Declan Drucker (Shore Regional) Matthew Kaufman (Howell), Stephen Russo (Manalapan) and Tyler West (Piscataway) were tasked with building a visual story to explain the interest and value of the Jets Training Camp Experience for its fans, and to take away key learnings from the exclusive experience. The goal for the Jets is to help build a foundation of young people who can not just create content, but can bring a story to life using skills they have learned and worked on in the past few months, skills and stories they will now take back to the sidelines and the classrooms at each of their respective high schools, with the ultimate goal of moving on to
college, building their own storytelling narratives and eventually working their way up to professional work in the media field.
In addition to talking to fans, the group got to speak with ESPN's Rich Cimini, Jets Confidential's Dan Leberfeld, and a group of Jets communications and social media professionals, including content creation lead Erik Allen. The campers also had the opportunity to interview YouTube star Deestroying.
These young people were able to walk away with great professional skills and lessons, and continue to use an experience like this to further grow personally and professionally.