Core courses

Students will take three core courses.

Core course 1: Introduction to Sports Reporting and Writing (JRLC 3850)

This course introduces students to the concepts and skills necessary to multimedia coverage of sports events. Students cover high school, college and professional sports events as part of the coursework. Topics and competencies covered include: statistics, sources, interviews, game preparation, sports style and grammar guidelines, ethics and conduct, blogs, deadline writing, social media, infographics, basic photo and video, and profile writing.

Core course 2: Multiplatform Storytelling for Sports (JRLC 4800)

This course teaches students to tell a variety of sports stories — including profiles, trend stories and insider analyses — across digital platforms. Students work extensively with text while also gaining competency in audio, infographics, photo and video. Emphasis is on storytelling, although familiarity and basic proficiency with the various platforms is a primary course objective.

  • Next offered: Fall 2016
  • Syllabus: Spring 2015
  • Prerequisites: JRLC 3850

Core course 3: Sports Enterprise Reporting and WritingSports Media Relations or Sports Broadcast and Production [JRLC 5800, ADPR(JRLC) 5810 or TELE(JRLC) 5820]

Students choose one of these three classes, depending upon the sports-media specialty they want to pursue.

Sports Enterprise Reporting and Writing will focus on in-depth reporting and interviewing competencies, as well as advanced writing practices. Coursework will be designed around one or two sports enterprise projects, likely in collaboration with professional media outlets. The projects will be a laboratory for working with investigative reporting tools — such as data gathering and analysis — for developing long-form writing skills, and for experimenting with various story-presentation platforms.

  • Next offered: Fall 2016
  • Syllabus: Fall 2014
  • Prerequisites: JRLC 3850, JRLC 4800 (or by permission of instructor)

Sports Media Relations will teach students interested in sports communications how to build relationships, make story pitches, produce multimedia journalistic content tailored to sports-information needs, effectively use social media, and manage in- and out-of-game media demands during a sports event. The course will explore these concepts through real-world experience as well as theoretically, with an emphasis on the role of media relations in mainstream sports event coverage.

  • Next offered: Maymester 2017
  • Syllabus: Maymester 2014
  • Prerequisites: JRLC 3850, JRLC 4800 (or by permission of instructor)

Sports Broadcast and Production will train students in the practices of producing and covering sports events for mass distribution. Students will work behind and in front of the camera, to develop a technical foundation in production as well as experience in on-air reporting, play-by-play and analysis. The course will include background on the history of sports broadcasting and sports media partnerships, the economics of television sports media, and implications of the trending “second-screen experience.”

  • Next offered: Fall 2016
  • Syllabus: Spring 2015
  • Prerequisites: JRLC 3850, JRLC 4800 (or by permission of instructor)

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