Sports Media

Medill alumni are everywhere in sports media, from the broadcasting booth to the press box, on the field and in the locker room.

Join their ranks by choosing Medill’s Sports Media Specialization. Students in the program enjoy these advantages:

  •  MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: You’ll be able to tap into Medill’s illustrious alumni network by being paired with a mentor who will provide you with guidance, coaching and career advice. Your mentor will be available to you throughout your time as a student.
  • TRIPS: Sports doesn’t happen in the classroom, so we’ll give you real access to both sports media professionals and the athletes they cover. Past trips have included visits to professional sports teams like the Washington Wizards and the Orlando Magic and networking meetings at ESPN and the Washington Post.
  • SPEAKER EVENTS: Medill brings working sports journalists to campus often, whether it’s for our Beyond the Box Score series or small group discussions. You’ll have access to these events, and your participation in the program means you’ll get face-time with the professionals.
  • HANDS-ON COURSEWORK: While you’ll be following the general MSJ curriculum, you’ll be encouraged to apply the lens of sports to your study and reporting. Several sports-related classes will give you the opportunity to explore issues in the industry. You’ll be able to develop a sports-focused portfolio while going through the program.
  • FACULTY: Medill students benefit from being taught by leading national sports journalists. J.A. Adande of ESPN is director of sports journalism and an associate professor at Medill. And Christine Brennan of USA TODAY and Michael Wilbon of ESPN are professors of practice in the journalism master's program. Adande, Brennan and Wilbon, all distinguished Medill alumni, share their expertise with students and contribute regularly to classes, projects and events.

Watch a recorded information session about the Sports Media Specialization.

Students in this specialization begin the MSJ program in Fall Quarter. For more information, please contact Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor J.A. Adande at ja.adande@northwestern.edu

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Only through the Medill Sports Journalism Mentorship Program can you have the opportunity to build a meaningful, life-changing professional relationship and friendship with the best of the best in the world of sports journalism.

- Lee Schechter (MSJ14), Boston Reporter, ESPN