Sports Media and Communications Track

The Sports Media and Communications track is a specialized series of courses for graduate students interested in sports media.

The Newhouse School is the proud alma mater of many of the top people in all areas of sports media. To foster the school’s strength in sports communications, we developed the Sports Media and Communications Track (SMC), a specialized track for graduate students in broadcast and digital journalism; magazine, news and digital journalism; and television, radio and film.

Requirements:

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

Your SMC classroom experiences will be enhanced by numerous speakers and guest lectures from leaders in sports communications, on-campus opportunities with Syracuse Athletics, ACC Network, CitrusTV, the Daily Orange and several radio stations as well alumni connections and career opportunities.

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

Olivia Stomski oversees the SMC and is director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

Television, radio and film professors ‘pay it forward’ by sharing Hollywood experience with students

Television, radio and film (TRF) faculty members Keith Giglio and Ben Frahm are also working screenwriters, often bouncing stories off each other in the Newhouse faculty and staff lounge. Giglio has written films like “Return to Halloweentown” and was a producer on “A Cinderella Story.” Frahm was a story consultant on DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” and his original script, “Dr. Sensitive,” sold to Universal Studios.

Success in the past doesn’t mean resting on your laurels, however. “Dear Christmas,” Giglio’s holiday romantic comedy written with his wife, Juliet, will air on Lifetime Nov. 27, while Frahm’s newest screenplay was recently optioned by Imagine Entertainment producer Bobby Cohen.

With so much in common, it makes sense that Giglio and Frahm would form a strong friendship while teaching together at Newhouse.

“I missed having a writing buddy to talk to,” says Giglio about Frahm, who joined the TRF faculty in 2014. For the past few years, the two have had weekly coffee meetings to catch up on campus happenings and talk writing.

Ben Frahm on the set of 2018’s “Maybe a Love Story,” an international film which he helped adapt from “The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection” by Martin Page.

“We figured out [that] we went up for the same writing job against each other. Something called ‘Fast and the Furriest’,” says Frahm, laughing. “Neither of us got it.”

As working writers, both professors have to make time outside of their teaching schedules to write screenplays. This past year, while Frahm was teaching from home due to the pandemic, he put his extra free time into a new script.

“I wrote this script in two weeks,” says Frahm. “The project is still in the early stages of development. It’s exciting to have Imagine on board, as they will offer clout and relationship to the packaging and producing process.”

As for Giglio, he’s been co-writing Christmas movies with Juliet for the past three years, and they have recently signed a two-book deal with a publisher to write romantic comedies.

Keith Giglio on the set of “Christmas Reservations,” a romantic comedy he wrote with his wife, Juliet.

“I got a call about writing a Christmas movie,” says Giglio. “My wife and I always worked on romantic comedies together. So, we drove down to New York, pitched it [to the producer] [and] by Monday we pitched to the network.  In a few weeks, we had a deal and greenlight to make the movie. It was called ‘A Very Nutty Christmas.’”

Giglio and Frahm bring their successes to the classroom in hopes of teaching students how Hollywood and screenwriting really work.

“I feel like our experiences in the industry can [inform] our work in the classroom,” says Frahm. “It’s fun to blur those lines and get students excited about what’s out there.”

But with success comes hard work, and Frahm does his best to make that clear to his students.

“At the age of 25, I sold a script for quarter of a million dollars to Universal, and I was like, ‘This is easy,’” he says. “But I try to tell them about the struggle. You know ‘The King’s Speech?’ That took 30 years to happen. So we spend energy [talking] about the story behind the story. I think [that] can be beneficial, to not sugarcoat it.”

Giglio agrees. “It’s about doing the work,” he says. “There’s a [misconception about] Hollywood that people are just soaking under the sun having fun. Maybe. But they’re also working really hard. I think Ben and I try to teach the grind of how to sit down and break a story [and] we try to emulate that in the classroom.”

With their new projects in the works, Giglio and Frahm both feel that sharing their experiences in class is a form of paying it forward.

“You get on an elevator. It gets you to the top. You’ve got to send it back down for the next person,” says Giglio.

Adrianne Morales is a senior in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

Hamilton interviewed for Morning Consult story on Black narratives in Hollywood

J. Christopher Hamilton, assistant professor in television, radio and film, was interviewed for the Morning Consult article, “Black Audiences Want Hollywood to Expand Beyond Slavery, Civil Rights Film Narratives.”

“[Hollywood has] to reflect the values and the color spectrum of the consumers that support these organizations,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton interviewed by Observer for article on film industry deregulation

J. Christopher Hamilton, assistant professor in television, radio and film, was interviewed for the Observer article, “The Implications of the Biggest Legal Decision to Hit Hollywood in Decades.”

“The upside of this change is potentially finding a way to design a new system that captures the Gen Zs and millennials, who grew up continually connected to devices, that aren’t being represent in the traditional theater-going experiences,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton publishes paper on history of racism in America

J. Christopher Hamilton, assistant professor in television, radio and film, co-wrote the paper, “When They See Us: An Unshaken History of Racism in America” for the Journal of Family Theory and Review. Hamilton’s co-author is Donovan R. Roy of the University of Southern California.

Featured Alumni

Our alumni are the brains behind some of Hollywood’s biggest hits. Many have careers as producers, writers, directors, designers, agents, editors, executives, attorneys and media educators.

They work in LA and New York and around the world. Here are some of our talented, successful graduates.

Faculty

Television, radio and film faculty members know the backstory of creative success. Our professors have professional experience as researchers, media executives, producers, directors, scriptwriters and editors.

Careers

Television, radio and film graduates work in development, production, marketing and distribution, writing, promotion and business.

Whatever you can imagine yourself doing in the entertainment industry, your television, radio and film degree from the Newhouse School is your first step to realizing that dream.

Here are what some recent television, radio and film graduates are doing now:

Cori Rosen ’16

Corporate Communications Associate Manager, Entertainment & Direct-to-Consumer
WarnerMedia

Sara Zadrima ’18

Production Coordinator
Sesame Workshop

Drew Abbott G’17

Assistant Editor
Hulu

Ashleigh Carter G’19

Multiplatform Writer
NowThis

Curriculum

Newhouse’s television, radio and film program offers you unique opportunities in and out of the classroom. Experiences like the LA Semester and Newhouse in New York City programs, student media outlets like Orange Television Network and resources like the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture enhance your education and allow you to tailor it to your interests and goals.

Some courses you’ll take as part of your television, radio and film degree:

TRF 205

Sight, Sound and Motion

Study and practice of the aesthetic structures and production processes involved in creating effective motion picture, television and sound content.

TRF 211

Screenwriting

Exploring the craft of writing involved in motion picture, television and digital media storytelling through in-depth study and practice.

TRF 469

Advanced Filmmaking

Students propose independent film projects (fiction or documentary), and if approved, produce them using digital video and sound technology.

Master’s

Our one-year graduate television, radio and film program will show you how movies are directed, how TV and film scripts are written and how radio programs are produced.

You’ll learn how to tell stories with visuals and audio. You’ll study systems of production, distribution and exhibition. And you will work with our experienced faculty to build your own program based on your interests and goals.