COLLEGE PARK – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism is partnering with Sports Business Journal to send one student to Los Angeles to cover Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.
The Povich Center considered applications from more than a dozen students and selected senior journalism major Jacob Richman. Richman, who came to Merrill from Dallas, is a co-sports editor for The Diamondback, the independent student-run newspaper that covers the university.
Richman will be embedded with the Sports Business Journal and will produce content for the publication’s website and print edition leading up to the Super Bowl.
He will cover the game for Merrill College’s Capital News Service.
John Ourand ’89, the Sports Business Journal’s media reporter and a Povich Center advisory board member, was instrumental in establishing this opportunity.
“We’re excited to be working closely with the Sports Business Journal, one of the most respected sources of news on the business of sports,” said Mark Hyman, director of the Povich Center and the inaugural George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism. “From our early conversations, John Ourand has been an advocate for this partnership. We’re grateful to him and eager to read Jacob’s reporting from the big game. He’ll make a major contribution.”
“When Mark approached SBJ with this idea, everyone from Publisher and Executive Editor Abe Madkour to Managing Editor David Albright jumped at the chance to work with such a well-respected journalism school,” Ourand said. “Personally, I am excited to work with a fellow Terp covering the business of the Super Bowl.”
The crew will arrive in L.A. beginning the Wednesday before the Super Bowl and will have access to Super Bowl media day and various events. All expenses, including hotel stay and airfare, will be covered by the Povich Center.
About The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism prepares students to be innovators and leaders in all facets of sports media. The center's unique, experiential curriculum and public programs elevate and amplify discussion of race, gender, politics and the world -- just as Shirley Povich did each morning in The Washington Post.