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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.
The 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 October 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.
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.
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.
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.