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Povich Center Year in Review
  • As 2015 is beginning, we’d like to take a quick look back at 2014. In the past year, the Center has attempted to assist in the growth of students and graduates of the Merrill College and enlighten the community in the vital sports issues of the day.

John Schulian’s Football Anthology
  • Compiled by John Schulian, a longtime writer himself, Football: Great writing about the National Sport is an intriguing collection.

Coverage of Northwestern Unionization Attempt
  • A study for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism examined media coverage of Northwestern players’ attempt to unionize, with a specific focus on how both the unionizing players and college sports establishment were framed.

Racism in Sports: How Far Have We Really Come?
  • The ninth-annual Shirley Povich Symposium tackled the issue of racism in sports Tuesday night at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland.

George Solomon on Ben Bradlee
  • “To Bradlee, a good sports scoop, or well-written sports column, feature or investigative report, was as important as one of Bob Woodward’s bombshells. At least he made you feel that way.”"

George Solomon: The Journalism Cycle Continues
  • September means baseball pennant races and the start of the college and professional football seasons. It also means the beginning of another academic year in a journalistic world that seems to be changing on a daily basis.

More From Our Students

The Player’s Tribune Takes On Sports Media
  • The Players’ Tribune, which Jeter founded in October, publishes first-person essays with athletes’ bylines attached to them. The Tribune doesn’t have reporters covering beats or even a specific set of topics it tends to on.

Article Review: US Soccer Turning to Overlooked Youth
  • The article in Sports Illustrated called “US Soccer Turning to Overlooked Youth to Discover Next Wave of Talent” by Stanley Kay brings to light an important issue occurring in youth soccer recruitment in the United States (Kay, 2014).

The Future of the Sports Page
  • Students in a Merrill College Sports Reporting class were asked to describe the sports page of the future as part of their final in December 2014. We were so impressed by their answers, we decided to compile them here.

John McDonnell: Washington Post Photographer
  • A full-time sports photographer for the Washington Post since 1989, John McDonnell has worked at any Washington-area sports events that he could attend – from a DeMatha vs Gonzaga high school football game to the Washington Nationals playoff series.

Coverage of Northwestern Unionization Attempt
  • A study for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism examined media coverage of Northwestern players’ attempt to unionize, with a specific focus on how both the unionizing players and college sports establishment were framed.

The New N-Word
  • Rae Williams knows what it’s like to have a racial slur said to her face. She writes about how her experience relates to the Washington NFL football team name debate.

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