New Sports News and Information Track for Undergraduates

The Department of Journalism has now added a new sports news and information track for undergraduate majors. Students learn basic journalistic skills focused on reporting, writing, photography and videography, and study ethics and law. This is complemented by two sports-focused writing and reporting classes, a sports-related internship, and an introductory course in public relations for students interested in working for a sports information office. Students also have the opportunity to produce sports-related work our online publication, Dateline Alabama, for special digital projects and our travel magazine, Alpine Living. Our students have completed sports internships at The Tuscaloosa News and other newspapers, at Sports Illustrated and other magazines, at al.com and other websites, at ESPN, and for a variety of teams.

TCF Students Gain Experience with Internships

Students spend their summers doing a variety of activities; some may take classes, work to make extra money, travel, or just wind down. Others like TCF student, Derik Anderson, work as interns.

Anderson interned with ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. A highlight of Anderson’sinternship was producing content that aired live during ESPN’s X Games coverage. He said that ESPN producers gave him lot of confidence.

Undergraduate sports broadcasting students in the Telecommunication and Film department must complete internships as part of their degree requirements. These experiences are invaluable because they give students the opportunity to gain work experience, network with professionals and refine the areas of sports media they want to pursue after graduation.

Inaddition to local and regional sports media outlets, TCF sports broadcasting students have received internships at prominent national organizations, including (partial list):

  • CNN
  • Comcast Entertainment
  • ESPN
  • ESPNU
  • Fox Sports Network
  • Fox Sports South
  • Fox News
  • Golf Channel
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • NBC Sports
  • New York Jets
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Turner Sports

Telecommunication & Film Majors Work on ESPNU Productions

When ESPN officially enters the late-night talk show scene on August 27th, UA students will have the opportunity to be a part of the show. UNITE will air daily on ESPNU at midnight ET, giving college-aged sports fans, what the network calls, a “late-night social destination.”

TCF majors, in conjunction with ESPNU Campus Connection, will provide student-generated content as UNITE social media coordinators, campus correspondents, and as part of the campus video team.  In addition, UA students can be involved in the show through tweets, Facebook messages, YouTube videos, Instagram photos, and as part of the ‘live studio audience’ through Google+.

UA has been an active partner in ESPNU Campus Connection since its launch in 2008. As a part of Campus Connection, students have submitted video features and written articles, for ESPNU TV shows and ESPNU.com, and participated in live game broadcasts. 

Once a year, TCF students work on a Campus Connection live game broadcast of a sporting event on the UA campus. In December 2011, eleven students worked alongside broadcast professionals to televise the Crimson Tide men’s basketball game against Detroit on ESPNU. Students were integrated into the professional crew to perform on-air announcing, camera operation, producing and more.