The Sports Media Relations option provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to work as sports media professionals.
Students learn and practice skills related to the fundamentals of working with the media, athletes and coaches, managing crisis situations, recording statistics, writing game reports, marketing teams, organizing press conferences, and managing game events. They also learn to navigate the ever-changing social media landscape to promote teams and athletes and to write and produce across multiple platforms and multimedia. Our students learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic.
Sports Media Relations graduates are prepared to work in collegiate athletic departments and on the staffs of professional athletic organizations as sports information directors, assistant directors, writers, social media managers, website content producers and more. They are also qualified to cover sports for various publications and websites. As with any graduate from the Journalism program, students graduate with skills that are the foundation for any job that requires researching, talking to people, asking questions and synthesizing what is learned into a cohesive, coherent article or report.
Sports Media Relations students need to complete 6 semester hours of JOU elective coursework. Students may select any JOU prefix course as an elective, except JOU 1000G.