Journalism adds new sports media options for students

Chris Bacon

The mission of the new sports media minor and concentration in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media is to offer students targeted educational and hands-on opportunities to be successful in the sports industry.

The new programs are a part of a growing trend in higher education of formalized curricula for sports media.

“The sports industry continues to grow and affect numerous areas of the economy,” said Chris Bacon, SoJSM assistant professor. “Colleges and universities throughout the country understand the legitimacy and need of a dedicated curriculum.”

Dr. Greg Pitts

 “There are numerous opportunities locally, regionally and nationally for our students to gain experience and find jobs in the sports industry,” said Greg Pitts, SoJSM professor and director. “Using a hands-on approach through our dedicated student media, our students will have classes and experiences to help them launch careers in sports reporting, broadcasting, public relations or sports information after graduation.”

MTSU students also have the ability to minor in sports media as well.

Dr. Zeny Panol

“The minor in sports media is a great opportunity for students outside of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media to receive education and training in the sports industry,” said Dr. Zeny Sarabia-Panol, professor and interim dean of the college. “Our goal is that it will expose them to the industry and be a valuable piece of their education at MTSU.”

To read more about the new sports media concentration, click here. 

Thanks to MT Athletics for the feature photo.

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