Freelance Journalist |
Aspiring Media Expert

Zain Bando is a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who is studying journalism. He has vast experience in scoreboard production, freelance writing, and work within the disability community.

Freelance Journalist |
Aspiring Media Expert

Zain Bando is a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who is studying journalism. He has vast experience in scoreboard production, freelance writing, and work within the disability community.

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Sports & Journalism Are Passions That Speak From My Work

Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.

– Henry Grunwald

Wisconsin @ Illinois

I performed a color commentary for a women’s basketball game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers. The Illini lost the game on Super Bowl Sunday but managed to keep the game close throughout the first 30 minutes. I enjoyed providing the soundtrack to those watching at home or on the go.

Illinois WBB

In my time at Illinois, your friends end up becoming your colleagues and that was the case here. Anthony Pasquale and I congregated at center court after another win for the women’s team. Little did we both know that it would be one of the last games we’d get to call during the school year, as sports were shutdown due to COVID-19.

Managing Scorebox For BTN Student U

By happenstance, the News-Gazette reached out and requested that they would do a story about my experiences working in the journalism field with a disability. During the day-long shadow, reporter Anthony Zilis and his photographers captured me doing my main job, which is navigating the scorebox. My primary role with this position is to ensure that the scoreboard and extra details (timeouts, game clock, etc.) are accurate for those who may be following along at home. I enjoy doing it because I know how important the position is and why it is such an intricate part of the broadcast.

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