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.

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.

Curriculum

The heart of a television, radio and film master’s experience is a sequence of eight elective courses from a broad range of topics.

You will begin the program in early July. Most students finish with a major-market internship during the first six weeks of the following summer. You must take 36 credits and pass a comprehensive examination to complete the degree. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in weeklong industry seminars in New York City or Los Angeles.

Second Summer Session (7 credits):

TRF 610 Proseminar in Television, Radio and Film (Phase I)1
TRF 636 Critical and Historical Perspectives on Television, Radio and Film3
TRF 655 Screenwriting and Production Workshop3

Fall Semester (13 credits):

TRF 610 Proseminar in Television, Radio and Film (Phase II)1
TRF 635 Industry Forces3
TRF 696 Research for Entertainment Media3
Master’s electives (see list below)6

Winter Session (0 credits):

Proseminar Trip
(Week-long industry immersion in either the Lico Cable-Ready Seminar in New York OR the Industry Seminar in Los Angeles) NOTE: This class is optional.
0

Spring Semester (13-15 credits):

TRF 610 Proseminar in Television, Radio and Film (Phase III)1
TRF 637 Telecommunications Law and Policy3
Master’s electives (see list below)9-11

May 2021 Date TBA: TRF Comprehensive Exam (must have completed 30 credit hours)

First Summer Session (1-3 credits):

TRF 675 Entertainment Industry Practicum (If taken for 1-2 credits, students take other electives approved by Program Director)1-3

Total Credits: 36

FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION

TRF 510 Specialized Practice (one-credit modules)

TRF 600 Selected Topics (ST); 3 credits

TRF 642 Television Production Workshop

TRF 653 Shortform Production

TRF 659 Documentary Production(fall)

Capstone Level:

TRF 600 Human-Computer Interaction (fall)

TRF 662 Advanced Television Production

TRF 669 Advanced Filmmaking
(separate sections for fiction and nonfiction films)

TELEVISION AND CINEMA STUDIES

TRF 530 Popular Culture Studies

(courses alternate by topic/semester; at least one offered per semester)

TRF 640 Topics in Critical and Historical Perspectives

AUDIO AND RADIO

TRF 510 Specialized Practice (one-credit modules)

TRF 648 Producing Radio: On Air to Online (fall)

TRF 654 Music Recording (spring)

TRF 656 Sound for Picture

TRF 657 Music Underscoring (fall)

Capstone Level

TRF 668 Advanced Audio

MANAGEMENT

TRF 510 Specialized Practice (one-credit modules)

TRF 592 Film Business

TRF 594 Television Business

TRF 595 Programming and Audience Analysis (spring)

Capstone Level

TRF 600 Human-Computer Interaction (fall)

TRF 661 Advanced Management Seminar (spring)

SCREENWRITING

TRF 611 Dramatic Writing for TV and Film (fall)

Advanced Level: (prerequisite TRF 611*)

TRF 600 Selected Topics (ST); 3 credits

TRF 621 Feature Film Writing

TRF 622 Comedy Writing

TRF 624 Script Development (spring)

Capstone Level: (prerequisite—one advanced course*)

TRF 667 Screenwriting Master Class

*NOTE: since there are only two semesters in which to take three levels of screenwriting coursework, students are permitted to enroll in the following combinations concurrently:

Bachelor’s

When the credits roll at the end of a TV show or a movie, you’re likely to see the names of our alumni.

Newhouse’s television, radio and film program gives you the skills you need to be part of the creative, management and production processes of the television, radio, film and online entertainment industries.

Television, Radio and Film

Producing. Directing. Writing. Management. Whatever you see yourself doing in entertainment, your path to your career in entertainment starts at the Newhouse School.

Newhouse’s television, radio and film program gives you the skills you need to be part of the creative, management and production processes of the television, radio, film and online entertainment industries.