Master of Science in Sports Journalism

Program Contact: Molly Yanity 203-582-5031

The Master of Science in Sports Journalism prepares students from all academic and professional backgrounds for careers in broadcast/multimedia sports and in traditional and emerging media companies that focus on reporting and analysis of sports.

The program features training in the principles, tools, craft, history and ethics of contemporary sports journalism in the context of innovative approaches to reporting and presenting information via social media and other forms. Our goal is simple: to transform a lifelong passion for sports into a successful career.

The curriculum prepares students for careers in local, cable and network television news and for websites with a strong visual component.

Students are challenged to develop story ideas through reasoning and observation, to analyze data and public documents, to wisely conduct interviews, to learn the technical skills to acquire and edit video and audio, and, above all, to write with discipline, poise and creative vitality. In short, our program prepares students for the daily test-of-strength that is sports reporting in the 21st century regardless of the distribution platform.

Students who successfully complete the program will be properly trained for a number of career opportunities including on-camera reporters and anchors for broadcast, cable and network television news, play-by-play announcers, analysts, and talk show hosts for terrestrial, online and satellite radio, producers for broadcast, cable and network television news, producers for news websites, and writers for broadcast news and websites.

Courses and labs are offered in our professional all-digital broadcast production environment. Our facilities include a high-definition studio, two 4K video editing suites, HD editing suites for single or group projects, and other areas designed to support both studio and remote productions.

Video cameras, audio recorders, lights and other gear required to capture interviews and events in the field are available to students through our well-stocked and expertly maintained equipment inventory. In addition, students will have access to the People’s United Center for the coverage of games and interviews.