Center for Sports Journalism directors to moderate national panels

March 31, 2008

The director and associate director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, housed in the College of Communications, will serve this week as moderators of seminars about sports journalism during the NCAA Final Four and Women's Final Four.

Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the center, will moderate a session Thursday, April 3, in San Antonio, Texas, as part of activities surrounding the Final Four. Likewise, Marie Hardin, the associate director of research for the center and an associate professor of communications, will moderate a session Friday, April 4, in Tampa, Fla., as part of activities surrounding the Women's Final Four.

The seminars, titled "Full Court Press," are coordinated by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and feature columnists and sports writers from across the country relating their experiences and lessons learned while covering sports for a living. The seminars are intended to provide information and insights to college and high school students interested in pursuing a career in sports journalism.

In addition, students who participate in the seminars will be given assignments to cover specific events at each Final Four and then write stories about them as part of a writing contest for a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship. Since the USBWA initiated the seminars in 2000, it has awarded $14,000 in college scholarships.

Moran joined the College of Communications as the Knight Chair in 2006 after nearly 30 years of experience as an award-winning and respected sports journalist at USA Today, The New York Times, Newsday and the Chicago Tribune. He has covered 26 bowl games with national championship implications, 26 men's basketball Final Fours, 16 World Series, 11 Super Bowls, several NCAA conventions and two Olympic Games. In 2007, he was the print journalism winner of the annual Curt Gowdy Media Award presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hardin, who serves as associate head of the Department of Journalism and director of the Center for Editing Excellence, joined the faculty at Penn State in 2003 after working as an assistant professor at the State University of West Georgia. She teaches writing, editing and a sports, media and society course. She also conducts research related to issues of gender and ethics in sports journalism. Hardin has experience as a newspaper and magazine writer, and as an editor. She is a vice president of the Association for Women in Sports Media.

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, established in 2003, addresses its educational mission with four undergraduate courses: sports writing; sports broadcasting; sports information; and sports, media and society. Along with classroom instruction, the center's mission stresses the value of interaction, from on-campus guest lectures and on-site visits by students to real-life experience gained through internships.

The center emphasizes internships at newspapers, magazines or electronic media and on-campus co-curricular work at the student-run newspaper, the sports information office or campus radio. Sponsored programming includes lectures, panels and workshops on journalism and the role of sport in society as well as research on sports journalism topics.

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