Interested in sports journalism? There’s no better place to be than the Washington-Baltimore area – one of the nation’s liveliest sports markets. You will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best-known sports writers and reporters in class and during many special events throughout the year, while gaining real-world, hands-on experience outside.
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, with the Merrill College, helps prepare journalism students with a range of courses in sports reporting and broadcasting.
The Center serves as a launching pad for University of Maryland students to learn, actively participate in, and develop the journalistic skills they need to meet the challenges of new media that face the next generation of sports journalists.
SPORTS JOURNALISM IN THE REAL WORLD
Hands-on experiences come through our student-powered Capital News Service, the Diamondback student newspaper, WMUC radio, the Povich Center website on campus and internships off-campus. Students also gain valuable practical experience in television covering Maryland sports in front of – and behind the camera – for the Maryland Athletic Department’s Terps TV. There are growing opportunities as well now that Maryland is part of the Big 10.
Povich Director George Solomon, professor of the practice at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism since 2003, was assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003. Solomon was the first Shirley Povich Professor when the Povich Chair was established in 2007. He is a member of the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Solomon is joined by Kevin Blackistone, a panelist on ESPN’s “Around-the-Horn,’’ and now a Washington Post columnist and a host of local sports professionals who are adjunct lecturers in Knight Hall.
Want more information?
Read the Povich Center Brochure. (PDF)
Students can also network and learn by joining two student sports organizations on campus:
APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) is a national organization that strives to improve professional standards for sports departments of professional news organizations and to recognize professional excellence among its membership. The University of Maryland and Virginia Tech were the first two student APSE chapters – both applications approved June 25, 2014. APSE works with student chapters to increase student participation in regional and national meetings and to bring APSE representation to campuses. APSE offers an internship and job bank and awards student scholarships.
Faculty Sponsor: George Solomon – Director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.
AWSM is a volunteer-managed, 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1987 as a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports writing, editing, broadcast and production, and public and media relations. AWSM works to promote and increase diversity in sports media through our internship/scholarship program, as well as through mentoring links and career-enhancement initiatives.
Faculty Sponsor: Beth Mechum – Coordinator, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.