Freelance Journalist |
Aspiring Media Expert

Zain Bando is a senior 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 senior 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

About Me

Zain Bando is a journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Throughout his time at Illinois, he has emersed himself into the world of sports journalism, writing for a number of outlets and gaining extensive knowledge as a scorebox operator.

Networking

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 shut down due to COVID-19.

Press

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.

Editing

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