Sports Journalism Specialization

Sports Journalism Specialization 

1. Students must complete at least two courses from the following (6 cr.)

MSCH-B 332 Sports Writing and Reporting

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 218 and MSCH-C 227 with a grade of C- or higher. Instruction on elements of news gathering and writing within the sports world. Topics include effective leads, deadline coverage, feature story writing, column writing, negotiation with and interviewing sports sources, diversity in sports, ethical reporting, effective research and clarity in writing. Emphasis on daily writing.

MSCH-B 333 Sportscasting

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 227 with a grade of C- or higher. Techniques for sports broadcasting, with particular focus on play-by-play and analysis during live audio and visual coverage. Focus is on preparation for broadcasts, description of live action in a sports setting and effective extemporaneous speaking. Students participate in live, on-air broadcasts of sporting events.

MSCH-B 334 Applied Social Media in Sports

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 218 and MSCH-C 227 with a grade of C- or higher. Focuses on effective use of social media channels for news distribution, communication with consumers, source development and personal brand building. Provides contextual background on various social media and engages in targeted exercises to develop abilities to effectively communicate within these media.

MSCH-B 432 Advanced Sports Writing

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-B 332 with a grade of C- or higher. Utilizes a series of projects to provide hands-on experience in sourcing, long-form writing, in-depth research, accuracy, fairness, story pitching and self-editing. Requires the production of multiple stories with multiple sources throughout the course.

2. Students must complete one additional course from the above list or from the following (3 cr.)

MSCH-J 360 Journalism Specialties (approved topics only)

(1-4 cr.)

Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J360 and JOUR-J 360.

MSCH-J 460 Topics Colloquium (approved topics only)

(1-4 cr.)

P: Junior or senior standing. Topical seminar dealing with changing subjects and materials from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J460 and JOUR-J 460.

MSCH-J 464 Infographics

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor. This course builds a foundation of knowledge about the visual display of quantitative data and the ethical issues in graphs and maps. Students put this knowledge into practice by creating graphs, maps and explanatory diagrams in Adobe Illustrator for print publication and in Flash for motion graphics. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 464 or JOUR-J 464.

MSCH-P 436 Advanced Production Workshop (approved topics: IU Fall Sports, IU Spring Sports)

(1-3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 223 or TEL-T 206; one of MSCH-C 228, MSCH-G 320, TEL-T 283, or TEL-T 284; and two 300-level production courses, all with a grade of C- or higher, and consent of instructor. A capstone course for those in production sequence. Students plan, direct and produce programs or program segments that may air on WTIU, Indiana University’s public television station. May be repeated with different topics in P436 and TEL-T 436.

MSCH-X472 Media Internship

(1-3 cr.)

P: Junior or senior standing, at least 12 credit hours completed in the school and application approval. Faculty-supervised work in a media field related to student’s academic interests. Credits based on at least 50 work hours per credit hour with a maximum of 6 credit hours applied toward the B.A. in Media or the B.S. in Game Design. Student must write a critical analysis paper and be evaluated by a workplace supervisor. S/F grading. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-X 472, MSCH-I 497, MSCH-I 382, TEL-T 497 or CMCL-C 382.

Note: Students pursuing the sports media concentration who take MSCH-X 472 Media Internship as part of their concentration are prohibited from taking a second internship for credit in the sports journalism specialization.

See the full Media School Bulletin.