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September 7, 2009 (ESPN's 30th anniversary)

As part of its celebration of the 30th anniversary of the day ESPN went on the air -- September 7, 1979 -- the company opened its doors to a group of reporters to come in and poke around a bit. Two reporters from Youth Journalism International -- Clare Hern and Kiernan Majerus-Collins -- were among them.

You can read their work, and see many others pictures, by clicking on the "Inside ESPN" logo above. Here are some other Youth Journalism International photographs documenting their two days at the Bristol, Connecticut campus of the worldwide leader in sports:

Name tags prepared by ESPN for participants.

The first thing the young reporters did upon arriving was, of course, eat. They had lunch with ESPN President George Bodenheimer:

After lunch, there was a ceremony honoring 43 ESPN employees who had stuck around since the beginning:

They got their names on stars in a special walkway honoring them:

Then the young reporters toured the buildings, from the basement ...

to the newsroom...

and lots of spots in between:

And they even did some work:

At dinner, they sat with ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen:

Rasmussen also posed for pictures:

Including one where he wore a Youth Journalism International cap:

Rasmussen knows how to make a fashion statement.

The next morning, the student reporters got up early so they could check out the Mike and Mike in the Morning show, live, in the morning:

That's Mike Golic on the right.

And, finally, here's the ESPN football field that the young reporters liked to race across at every opportunity:

By the way, if you like the shirts, or the caps, they're available as free gifts to donors to Youth Journalism International.

For the rest of The Tattoo's package of stories on ESPN:


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