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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Povich Center logo

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; Lecturer
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

  • FAQs: Merrill College Fall 2020 Semester

    (UPDATED 8/28/20) 1. Will Knight Hall be available for journalism students to use as a study space this fall? Will the News Bubble be open? Our goal throughout the coming semester is to keep our students, staff and faculty members healthy. Knight Hall will be fully open in the fall for the courses being taught either face-to-face or in a hybrid format. While there may be a few evening courses held in Knight Hall, the building will normally be open only during general business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • Merrill College Master's Student Riin Aljas '20 Awarded Scripps Howard Fellowship

    COLLEGE PARK (3/XX/20) — Riin Aljas ’20, a master’s student at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, has been awarded a 2020-21 Scripps Howard Fellowship in data reporting, the organization announced XX. The Scripps Howard Fellowship is a 12-month program in conjunction with the Scripps Washington Bureau/Newsy and ProPublica’s New York City newsroom.

  • First Online Povich Center Panel Talks Covering Sports During a Global Pandemic

    By Jummy Owookade ’20 While COVID-19 has forced much of the sports world to a standstill, sports journalists have to find a way to tell their stories. That was an overarching theme during The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism’s first virtual panel, held Wednesday night via Zoom.

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