Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Web, social media allows schools to get the word out

August 29, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Updated: August 30, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

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The Bonner Springs High School athletic department is stepping up its social media and web presence this season, expanding its usage of Twitter, Facebook and the livestreaming of events.

Athletic director John Hilton recently created a Twitter account, @BSHSAthletics, to help share scores, stories about Bonner Springs sports and to get the word out about activities announcements.

The account joins various Facebook and Twitter accounts for each Bonner Springs sport, links to which can be found at usd204.net/athletics.

“We found that there is no such thing as ‘too much’ communication,” Hilton said in a statement. “We want to be able to get the word out about all the great things happening within the athletic department and we want to be able to highlight the hard work and successes of our student athletes and coaches.”

Meanwhile, The Bonner Springs Chieftain began using the hashtag #BonnerSports earlier this year as a tool that allows all members of the community to both find and share the latest stories and updates on Bonner Springs sports. Similarly, The Basehor Sentinel uses #BasehorSports for updates on Basehor-Linwood activities. The idea being that readers can find or share the latest score, opinion, photo or video by searching the hashtag, while those updates become compiled in one searchable place on Twitter.

Again in 2012, 810 Varsity will be broadcasting live coverage of Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs football and basketball games, with additional events possible. These games will also be shared online at basehorinfo.com and bonnersprings.com. For Bonner Springs, basketball coach Dan Streit, who also teaches radio and TV production classes at the school, assembles students to help broadcast Braves regular season football and basketball games, and events like graduation.

More info can be found online at ustream.tv/channel/live204.

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