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Shirley Povich Symposium 2017

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.

About the Center

Shirley Povich

About Shirley Povich

Shirley Povich was an award-winning reporter and columnist at The Washington Post from 1923 to 1998. One of the most popular and respected writers in 20th century American journalism, Povich covered hundreds of major sports events during his 75-year career. 

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Sports Writing & Reporting Fall 2018

Courses

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a variety of sports courses that provide students an opportunity to learn about sports coverage in the modern era. Students gain hands-on experience covering teams at the University of Maryland, as well as in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

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2019 Povich Newseum Panel

Past Events

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism hosts various panels and discussions throughout the year, bringing experts in the field to Merrill College to discuss current events and interact with students.

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The center was made possible by a $1 million challenge gift from Shirley Povich’s children – Maury, Lynn and David – as well as support from other involved parties. 

Povich Center Faculty & Staff

Portrait of Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman

George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism; Professor of the Practice
Portrait of Kevin Blackistone

Kevin Blackistone

Professor of the Practice
Portrait of Kaitlyn Wilson

Kaitlyn Wilson

Assistant Director, The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

Check out The Povich Center's original series, Still No Cheering in the Press Box, which explores the lives of legendary sports journalists -- in their own words. 


John McNamara    In Memoriam: John McNamara

                       1961-2018

 


News

  • Povich Center End-of-Year Recap

    As we wrap up a school year like no other, we wanted to provide you with an update on what’s been happening inside The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. It’s been a challenging year filled with Zoom calls, virtual classes and more, but our students have persevered, and we are so proud of them. We’re very much looking forward to the fall semester, when we should all be back on campus.

  • Povich Center Announces Sports and Politics Poll Collaboration With Washington Post, UMD Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement

    COLLEGE PARK — The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism on Wednesday announced it will conduct as many as two sports and politics polls per year in collaboration with The Washington Post and the UMD Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement.

  • Povich Center Names Late Philadelphia Sportswriter John Smallwood '87 Winner of Lacy-Smith Award

    COLLEGE PARK -- John Smallwood '87, whose distinguished career as a reporter and sports columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer spanned three decades, has posthumously been named the winner of the 2021 Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award. The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism announced Smallwood’s selection Tuesday.

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