Sports Media Week features Eric Shanks, Mark Cuban, Bob Ryan

The Media School Report • Feb. 11, 2016
Fox Sports president Eric Shanks, an IU alumnus, will visit campus next week. (Courtesy photo)
Fox Sports president Eric Shanks, an IU alumnus, will visit campus next week. (Courtesy photo)

Meet sports media professionals, including Fox Sports president Eric Shanks, Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban and sportswriter Bob Ryan, during the school’s Sports Media Week Feb. 16-19.

The IU National Sports Journalism Center and The Media School are organizing the three-day event, which will feature public talks, classroom appearances by the professionals and discussion panels.

“Our goal at Indiana University is to build the best and most dynamic sports media program in the country. Sports Media Week gives us the chance to showcase some of the many facets that make up the IU sports media program,” said Galen Clavio, associate professor and director of the NSJC. “We give our students exposure to legendary figures in journalism, like Bob Ryan. We provide our students with exciting, forward-thinking panel discussions, like the one featuring IU alumni Mark Cuban and Eric Shanks. Our students get to hear directly from alumni who are active sports media professionals who worked the same beats and covered the same stories as the current students are.”

Aspiring broadcasters, journalists and other media students will have several  opportunities to learn about sports media and get advice on pursuing careers in the field.  Some events are open to the public.

The schedule:

  • Feb. 16: Media School/Cuban Center Virtual Reality Demonstration at 10 a.m. in the second floor lobby of the Radio Television Building. Open to all.
  • Feb. 17: An hour-long lecture and Q&A session with sportswriter Bob Ryan at 5 p.m. in Ernie Pyle Hall 220. Open to all.
  • Feb. 18: Hall of Fame sportswriter Bob Ryan will talk to two Media School sports writing classes.
  • Feb. 18: Sports media and technology panel featuring Mark Cuban and Fox Sports president Eric Shanks at 3 p.m. in Whittenberger Auditorium. They will answer questions related to the future of sports and technology. Open to all. Clavio will moderate the panel.
  • Feb. 19: Sports media career panel featuring editor-in-chief of and ESPN The Magazine Chad Millman, Sports Illustrated NBA editor Matt Dollinger, sports anchor and reporter for CBS4 WTTV Tricia Whitaker, and freelancers Stephanie Kuzydym and Scott Powers at 10 a.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Maple Room. Clavio will moderate the panel, which is part of The Media School’s Career Day. Open only to students who have registered.