• Alyson Heisler

Sports communications specialization available this fall

The Professional Communication Department will offer sports communication as another area of specialization starting in the fall semester of 2021. This will be a valuable addition to the current focus areas offered including communication, journalism, production, public relations, and social media.

The new sports communication specialization allows students to gain knowledge and experience in sports-based communication.

In particular, the program allows students to serve as communication professionals who serve sports organizations and their many stakeholders (e.g., players, fans, coaches, managers, media organizations, the general public, etc.). This growing field offers graduates a variety of professional opportunities.

“Sports organizations are looking for people who can plan and coordinate an event, while also being able to function as a representative and possessing the skills to shoot and photograph other events — being the person who has the skills and knowledge to do it all can go a long way,” said Neil Roberts, associate professor of professional communication.

This specialization will help students gain knowledge and experience in the following skills: sports journalism, interviewing coaches and athletes, writing/producing sports content for the web, sports information management, TV anchoring and sports reporting, play-by-play and color analysis for various athletic games, sports live-shots, podcasting, vocal delivery, digital media in sports, sports advertising and public relations, special event planning (e.g., game day operations, press conferences, social events), and sports videography and photography.

The sports communication option is available to all Minot State University students starting in the fall of 2021. The list of courses within the option are listed on the professional communication section of the MSU webpage.

For more information or questions, contact Roberts at neil.roberts@minotstateu.edu or 701-720-0007.

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