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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 Projects

This Povich Center and Howard Center investigation raises serious questions about Title IX compliance in high schools across the country.
Unlevel Playing Fields, with PBS NewsHour

Unlevel Playing Fields (April 2022)

In collaboration with Merrill College’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, the Povich Center published “Unlevel Playing Fields,” an in-depth investigation into Title IX and high school sports as the landmark legislation celebrates its 50th anniversary in June. 

Title IX, which passed in 1972, is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination at any school that receives funding from the federal government, including in sports programs. While Title IX has led to a significant increase in girls playing scholastic sports, it has fallen short of achieving equity for high school girls in areas such as facilities, equipment, scheduling and publicity, the four-month, student-led investigation found.

The project was done in collaboration with PBS NewsHour, which aired a Title IX segment. The Associated Press, Just Women’s Sports and Word In Black published parts of the project.


Twelve college football players who died from overexertion since 2000
Pushed Too Far, with USA Today (Above: Twelve of the 22 Division I college football players who have died from overexertion since 2000)

Pushed Too Far (August 2021)

The first collaboration between the Povich Center and the Howard Center investigated the 22 Division I college football player deaths from exertion-related illnesses since 2000.

The primary causes of death for these incidents are sudden cardiac arrest, heatstroke and collapse from sickle-cell trait. The story explores the fact that football programs and coaches face few repercussions from institutions or the NCAA, even when they violate recommended safety precautions that might have prevented death. The story also examines measures taken by the NCAA to address the problem of exertional death.

The project -- reported by Professor of the Practice Kevin Blackistone’s Spring 2019 and Spring 2020 Sports Reporting and Writing classes, and master’s student Dan Novak -- was published by USA Today and by the Howard Center through Capital News Service.

Povich Center Faculty & Staff

Portrait of Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman

George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism; Director, The Shirley Povich Center for 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

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News

  • Povich In the Field: Students Take On Summer Jobs, Internships

    Povich Center students were busy this summer. Despite summer work, a pandemic and warm temps, our students were working hard during their time off, gaining experience at various summer jobs and internships around the area.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Merrill’s Howard Center and Povich Center Publish First Collaboration, on College Football Deaths from Exertion-Related Illnesses

    COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism have teamed up for the first time to publish “Pushed Too Far,” an investigation into the 22 Division I college football player deaths from exe

  • Terps in the Booth: How Maryland Broadcasters Are Taking Over the Minors

    By Matt Gilpin, Maryland Athletics Staff Writer With long bus rides, unglamorous meals, and hours upon hours of working, minor league baseball players have to scratch and claw every day to make their dreams come true.  The University of Maryland has put a number of ballplayers into the minor leagues with the latest being pitcher Sean Burke and shortstop Benjamin Cowles. Not only has Maryland become a place that sends players to the next level, but it starts student broadcasters on their careers too. 

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