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Sports Media Concentration

Is March Madness your favorite time of year? Do you dream of working on the sidelines of a football field? The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has expanded its classes, internships and other opportunities for students interested in pursuing a concentration in sports media. The new concentration is open to students in any of the school’s six majors.

If you’d like to learn more about careers in sports media, check out these profiles of J-school alumni working in the field. Then, talk with your academic advisor to get started.

Kent Babb

Kent Babb: Beyond the ceiling

Kent Babb has dreamed of a career in sports writing since junior high. Now, he’s living that dream as a sports feature writer for The Washington Post. And, in June 2015, he published his first book, Not a Game, a biography of former NBA star Allen Iverson.

Alyssa Butterson

Alyssa Butterson: To ESPN, and beyond

With hard work and a lucky break, School of Journalism and Mass Communications student Alyssa Butterson found herself on the sideline of Monday Night Football games providing coverage for ESPN.

Claudia Chakamian

Claudia Chakamian: That’s why we do this job

Claudia Chakamian moved nearly 20 hours from Columbia to work as a sports reporter for KQDS FOX 21 in Duluth, Minnesota. The 2018 broadcast journalism alumna is a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter for the Fox affiliate. 

Jessie Knack

Jessie Knaak: A 'knack' for production

She may have started out as a pharmacy major, but it didn’t take long for Jessie Knaak to figure out that broadcast journalism was her real calling. Now, she’s racking up Emmy Awards as a producer in the NFL.

Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams: From USC Gamecock to Temple Owl

Danielle Williams says her responsibilities as video production coordinator in Temple University’s athletics department can change from day to day, but the variety of her job is what she loves best. She produces content for social media, television and event/venue video boards.   

Brett Williams

Brett Williams: Voice of success

Just two years after graduating from the SJMC, Brett Williams has already landed the job of his dreams. He is the radio play-by-play voice of Western Kentucky University women's basketball for Learfield IMG College Communications in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


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