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Shirley Povich Symposium To Address Racism & Sports

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Photos from the event can be found on Flickr.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Michael Wilbon, ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and ESPN.com columnist and Scott Van Pelt, SportsCenter anchor and ESPN radio host headline the ninth annual Shirley Povich Symposium on Nov. 11.

“Racism & Sports: How Far Have We Really Come?” starts at 7 p.m. in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus. Admission is free.

Joining Wilbon and Van Pelt are Kevin Blackistone, Visiting Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism and panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn, Kara Lawson, 12-year WNBA veteran and basketball analyst and Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and former University of Maryland professor.

NOTE: Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich, was scheduled to moderate but became ill and was replaced by Povich Center Director George Solomon and Dean Lucy Dalglish.

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The Philip Merrill College of Journalism Remembers Ben Bradlee

A Washington Post photo of then-Editor Ben Bradlee.

A Washington Post photo of then-Editor Ben Bradlee.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – American journalism lost an icon Oct. 21 when former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee died at age 93. Bradlee is best known for his tenacious and fearless oversight of the Post’s investigation of Watergate during the Nixon era.

A number of current Merrill College faculty members who worked at the Post remember him fondly.

“I had the good fortune of working for Ben Bradlee for more than 20 years when he was the Executive Editor of the Washington Post and I was his Sports Editor,” said George Solomon, who is now the director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the Merrill College.

“I tell everyone his greatest asset as an editor and leader was his ability to make your day special with a five-minute conversation at the start of a day. He inspired, cajoled, supported and in many cases hired a great group of journalists because he knew what made us tick and how to best do a difficult job. He knew a story, how to get a story and the importance of supporting his editors and reporters. If you were to ask me — and so many others who worked at The Washington Post – what was the highlight of your career, the answer would be simple: Working with and knowing Ben Bradlee.”

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Bradlee attended the grand opening of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism in November, 2011. Here is poses with members of the Povich family.

Bradlee attended the grand opening of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism in November, 2011. Here he poses with members of the Povich family.

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Povich Center’s George Solomon Named To DC Sports Hall of Fame

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Povich Center Director George Solomon will be inducted into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame April 27.

The Washington Nationals provided material for this release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism – George Solomon – is being inducted into the internationally-renowned Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. The honor is for his many contributions and accomplishments as long-time sports editor of the Washington Post. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place prior to the Washington Nationals-San Diego Padres baseball game at Nationals Park on Sunday, April 27. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

“I’m humbled and honored to be selected to join such an esteemed list of coaches, athletes and members of the media that comprise Washington’s Sports Hall of Fame,” said Solomon, who been teaching at the Merrill College of Journalism since 2003. He has been a Professor of the Practice for eight years, after occupying the Shirley Povich Chair for Sports Journalism from 2005-2006.

Along with Solomon, the class of seven inductees includes a number of beloved Terps:

  • Charles “Lefty” Driesell  – Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland
  • Johnny Holliday – Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN
  • Chris Weller – Former Women’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland

Rounding out the inductees are:

  • Olaf “Olie” Kolzig – Former Goalie, Washington Capitals
  • Theodore N. Lerner – Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals
  • Michael Weiss – Olympic and Professional Figure Skater

Charlie Brotman is co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). He said, “These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital.  As a member of this prestigious group, George Solomon and the other honorees will be in the best of company, joining 114 legendary DC-area athletes and sports personalities, including Walter Johnson, Sammy Baugh, Clark Griffith, Pauline Betz-Addie, Shirley Povich, James Brown, Sonny Jurgensen, Harmon Killebrew, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vince Lombardi, and many others.”

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.

“As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame,” Brotman said . “We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of whom have helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community.”

A Hall of Fame member himself, Brotman serves as co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame alongside Comcast SportsNet’s Andy Ockershausen.

About the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame

Celebrating its 34th anniversary, the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame pays special tribute to men and women who have brought honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital as a result of their outstanding achievements in the sports world.

For more information please contact:

Charlie Brotman,
Co-Chairman
Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame
202.-299-7100

Or

Joanna Warner
Washington Nationals
202-640-7711

Merrill College Faculty Yaros and Solomon Featured in the Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A special education section of the Baltimore Sun prominently featured two faculty members of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism this weekend:

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    Associate Professor Ron Yaros

    In an article titled “Digital Pioneers – Professors take new approaches in the great debate for technology in the classroom contributing writer Casey Boyer writes about the ground-breaking research of Assistant Professor Ron Yaros:

    In Yaros’ unique method of teaching, he uses the “flipped” model combining face-to-face meetings with virtual assignments completed on the students’ time outside of the classroom. He says, ‘I want them to utilize blogs and Twitter and multimedia outside of class to complete assignments related to my class so when we get together, it’s not me in the front lecturing with slides. It’s me having them show their information and discuss it.

    Abigail Jaffe, a senior Communications major studying Public Relations at UM has taken two of Yaros’ classes. Jaffe recalls, We download the lecture on our iPads, which he controls because we sign in with a pin. He is controlling the screens. He doesn’t think the traditional method is really a good way to engage students. He thinks we might as well work with it instead of against.

    The article is available here.

  • Povich Center Director George Solomon will be inducted into the DC Sports Hall of Fame this April.

    Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director George Solomon

    In a second article in the education section entitled “Athletics – It’s Not All Fun and Games,” contributing writer Linda L. Esterson focuses in part on the Merrill College’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. Director George Solomon told her:

    We felt sports were becoming more and more to the culture of society as well as to sports fans,” says Solomon, as to why he helped found the center along with the Povich family, which includes television personality Maury Povich and his siblings, to honor Shirley Povich, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 98. “Teaching students good journalism, lessons of sport and how it matters to the culture. “We wanted to keep his name alive and maintain the standards he set as a journalist.” This includes the “rights and wrongs of sports journalism,” he notes.

    Senior journalism major Zainab Mudallal became interested in sports after taking a class with Solomon.  She told the Sun,  It’s been a great opportunity and I encourage other people to get involved, even if they are just slightly interested in sports, she says. It’s a great experience that can open up a lot of doors.

    The article is available here.

 

Shirley Povich Center to Tell Sportswriters’ Stories

by Beth Mechum
Povich Sports Center

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 1.32.48 PMCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism is debuting a sports media project entitled “Still No Cheering in the Press Box.”

The project is an extension of the 1973 book “No Cheering in the Press Box” by Jerome Holtzman that detailed the lives and careers of 24 sportswriters whose careers spanned mostly from the 1920s to ’70s including Shirley Povich and Red Smith

In the modern-day version, the goal is to include many of the modern day stars of sportswriting including ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, USA Today’s Christine Brennan, the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan, author and columnist John Feinstein, the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins and the late L.A. Times’ Jim Murray.

The mostly student-driven project will be a look inside how the formative years of today’s great sportswriters shaped their careers as well as advice for aspiring journalists. The first chapter is now available  about Michael Wilbon on the Povich Center website.

“Jerome Holtzman’s wonderful 1974 book “No Cheering in the Press Box” covered many of the best sportswriters of the 20th century – up to the 1970’s. That leaves us more than 40 years of great sports journalists to chronicle and who better than the students from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism to do the chronicling?” said George Solomon, Director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and Professor of the Practice.

“We hope to come close to meeting Mr. Holtzman’s standards and do justice to today’s sportswriting giants.”

About the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was assistant managing editor for sports at the Washington Post from 1975-2003. More on www.povichcenter.org

Contact:

Beth Mechum, Coordinator
bmechum@umd.edu