Spartan Sports JRN Classic


Held on a regular basis, the Spartan Sports Journalism Classic is a day-long forum that brings together MSU sports journalism alumni with faculty and students. The event is fast-paced, with speed resume coaching, interesting panel discussions, and chances for students to network with professionals in the field.

2017 SSJC

The 3017 SSJC, hosted by the School of Journalism and Sports Journalism, was held Oct. 20 at ComArtsSci. The SSJC used the new Spartan Newsroom for panels, as well as many other rooms in the building to bring together alumni and students. The closing panel, which was livestreamed on the School of Journalism’s Facebook page, featured Detroit Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson as the moderator, with WKAR’s Al Martin, The Athletic Detroit Editor in Chief Craig Custance, freelance sports author/philanthropist Jo-Ann Barnas, and freelance sports writer Shannon Shelton Miller.

A new wrinkle was our students going live, all day, from the Spartan Newsroom with chats from the anchor desk with our great alumni. Facebook viewers heard from Shelton Miller and her brother Harold Shelton (Big Ten Network), Dickerson, Mario Impemba (Fox Sports Detroit), Barnas, and our students and faculty. Even Sparty was interviewed (he didn’t have much to say in words, but spoke volumes!)

2015 SSJC

cropped-img_2841.jpgThe 2015 Spartan Sports Journalism Classic, hosted by MSU Athletics Hall of Famer, NBA All-Star, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and professional sports analyst Steve Smith and Dean Prabu David was Oct. 23 at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. At the SSJC, Spartan sports media professionals (writers, editors, bloggers, photographers, broadcasters, commentators, etc.) shared their expertise with students and network with each other.

A panel, with alums Becky Hudson (espnW), Steve Smith (NBAtv/TNT), Mario Impemba (FOX Sports Detroit), Mark Hollis (MSU Athletics) and Kelly Thesier Schultz (LPGA), discussed the implications of social media on fans, sports organizations and athletes. Alum Al Martin (WKAR) hosted the panel, which was held before a live studio audience and also live streamed on MSU Alumni Association’s feed.IMG_2811

On Saturday, MSU Sports JRN was the main feature of the President’s Tailgate held at Cowles House. Our alumni mingled with guests, and Sports JRN showed off the hype video and discussed its reach and innovation.IMG_2833

2014 SSJC


Former NBA/MSU star-turned-broadcaster Smith, Yahoo! Sports investigative reporter Charles Robinson, veteran writer Jo-Ann Barnas, and Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin headlined the 2014 edition of the event.

2014 Spartan Sports Journalism Classic.

2013 SSJC

2013 Spartan Sports Journalism Classic.

In 2013, Smith, Jarrett Bell (USA Today), Joe Block (Milwaukee Brewers), Greg Kelser  (FOX Sports Detroit/BTN), Al Toby (Yahoo! Sports,) Ryan Field (FOX), Jack Ebling (SPORT Magazine), Jeff Genthner (FOX), Gosselin, Lynn Henning (Detroit News), Tara Hernandez (FOX 17), Geoff Kimmerly (MHSAA First Pitch), Tony Paul (Detroit News), Joe Rexrode (Detroit Free Press), Shireen Saski (CBS Sports), Tim Staudt (WILX), and Thesier (LPGA) headlined our inaugural event.

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