Center for Sports Journalism panel addresses 'Covering the Big Game'

October 22, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- On the eve of the much-anticipated Ohio State-Penn State football game, several sports journalists from both broadcast and print outlets will share their expertise and experience as part of a free public panel discussion.

"Covering the Big Game" begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Founders Room of the Bryce Jordan Center. The hourlong panel features experienced sports journalists, several of them Penn State alumni, who will be covering the next day's game in Beaver Stadium.

Panelists include:
-- Ron Musselman ('81 journalism), who covers Penn State football for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette;
-- Tim May, who covers Ohio State football for the Columbus Dispatch;
-- J.B. Morris ('90 journalism), who covers college football for ESPN the Magazine; and
-- Lisa Salters ('88 journalism), a sideline reporter for college football telecasts on ABC/ESPN.

Longtime Philadelphia Phillies analyst Chris Wheeler ('67 broadcasting) will serve as the moderator.

The panel, coordinated by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State, will be hosted by Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society.

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism explores issues in sports journalism through instruction, programming and research. More than 170 students are enrolled in the Center, which is supported by a 24-member advisory board chaired by Anne Riley, a member of Penn State's Board of Trustees.

The center facilitates or provides courses in sports writing; sports broadcasting; sports media relations; and sports, media and society. Complementary programming includes: lectures, panels and workshops on sports journalism topics, including the role and impact of sports on society; mentoring from working professionals and full-time faculty members; and research on sports journalism topics.

The center also emphasizes the placement of students at newspapers, magazines or electronic media and on-campus work at the student-run newspaper, The Daily Collegian; Penn State's Athletic Communications; and ComRadio, the College of Communication's Webcasting station.

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