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Sports Media Relations Option: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

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.

After graduation

Sports Media Relations graduates are prepared to cover sports for news media organizations and to work for collegiate and professional athletic organizations. Our alum cover the NBA, Super Bowls and other big sports events as reporters and anchors. They also work as sports information directors, social media managers, website content producers and more. As with all our Journalism programs, students graduate with strong critical thinking and hands-on skills foundational for any job.


Fillable Curriculum Guides for Download

* Curriculum Guide, 2024-2025 (pdf)
* Curriculum Guide, 2023-2024 (pdf)


Journalism Division Core: 39 hours

  • JOU 1401 - Journalism Forum
  • JOU 2001G - Journalism and Democracy
  • JOU 2101 - News Reporting & Writing
  • JOU 2902 - Copy Editing & Design
  • JOU 2950 - Introduction to Visual Communication
  • JOU 3000 - Advanced Reporting
  • JOU 3002 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • JOU 3401 - Journalism Practicum
  • JOU 3610 - Broadcast News
  • JOU 3750 - Social Media Engagement
  • JOU 3940 - History of American Journalism
  • JOU 3970 - Race, Gender, and the Media
  • JOU 4401 - Journalism Portfolio
  • JOU 4420 - Communication Law & Ethics
  • JOU 4730 - Journalism Capstone Seminar

Sports Media Relations Core: 9 hours

  • JOU 2850 - Sports Media Relations
  • JOU 3706 - Writing for Sports Media
  • JOU 3953 - Perspectives on Sports and the Media

Sports Media Relations Electives: 6 hours

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.

Liberal Arts Coursework: 6 hours

  • PLS 3603 - State & Local Government
  • Any 3-credit ECN or SOC class


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