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January 21, 2010

Three Penn State journalism students earned summer internships covering specific professional baseball teams after emerging from a competitive application process for a program coordinated by Major League Baseball.

Their selection marks the third consecutive year students from the Penn State College of Communications have been selected for the program -- and the three selections this year for Penn State rank among the most of any school in the nation.

Through the program, interns work as backup beat writers for a specific team, producing daily stories and videos during the season.

Penn State students selected for the internships were Matt Brown of Perkasie, Pa., who will cover the Cincinnati Reds; Matt Fortuna of New York, N.Y., who will cover the Pittsburgh Pirates; and Jocelyn Syrstad of Apple Valley, Minn., who will cover the Minnesota Twins.

"We're excited for the opportunity these internships provide for our students," said Malcolm Moran, Knight chair in journalism and society and director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State. "We're also proud that our students have had repeated success in earning these coveted internships. Their selections are a testament to their hard work and talent, as well as the commitment we have to sports journalism."

Bill Hill, who coordinates the internship program, said Penn State’s approach -- with an emphasis on classroom work, co-curricular activities and internships -- provides a wonderful training ground for the hands-on internships.

"They truly get to function as beat reporters. They often cover their team alone, writing six to eight stories a day, and they learn how to think and work as a beat reporter," Hill said of the internships. "There's no 'coffee fetchin,' just a lot of reporting and writing. At the end of the summer, they're are ready to enter the job market and take that next step toward a successful career."

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, created in 2003, explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research. The Center's undergraduate curricular emphasis includes courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information, sports, media and society, and sports and public policy, which is cross-listed with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

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