Sports Communications Emphasis

The Sports Communications Emphasis is a specialized track for graduate students in broadcast and digital journalism; magazine, newspaper and online journalism; and television, radio and film.

Sportscaster Mike Tirico '88 teaches a classroom of students sitting around a table at the Newhouse School.

The Newhouse School is the proud alma mater of many of the top people in all areas of sports media. To capitalize on the school's strength in sports communications, we developed the Sports Communications Emphasis (SCE), a specialized track for graduate students in broadcast and digital journalism; magazine, newspaper and online journalism; and television, radio and film.

As a graduate student in SCE, you complete the required coursework for your degree plus additional required and elective classes in sports communications. These include:

Introduction to Sports Media on Multiple Platforms—topics include cross-media coverage of sports, practical experience in interviewing, writing and reporting for sports and guest lectures by professionals in the field.

Six required credit hours of electives from a selection of sports communications courses, which include Sports Writing, Radio Sports Broadcasting, Television Sports Reporting, Live Sports Event Production, Television Play-by-play, Sports Column Writing and Broadcast Commentary, Sports Communications Entrepreneurship and more.

You also complete a capstone internship in the sports communications field.

Your SCE classroom experiences will be enhanced by numerous speakers and guest lectures from leaders in sports communications. Among 35 visitors to the school in the 2014-15 academic year were Pete Thamel, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, play-by-play announcers Marv Albert (TNT/CBS), Beth Mowins (ESPN), Ian Eagle (CBS) and Sean McDonough (ESPN), sportswriters Shalise Manza Young (Boston Globe), Marcus Hayes (Philadelphia Daily News) and Kimberley Martin (Newsday), David Plaut, senior producer for NFL Films, Scott Pioli, Assistant GM of the Atlanta Falcons and Senior Director of Communications Kevin Cooper of the Houston Texans.  

If you want to be part of the Sports Communications Emphasis, indicate your interest on your application for admission to the master’s program.

John Nicholson is director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

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