Harvey Araton of The New York Times, and Phil Mushnick of The New York Post, at the Yogi Berra Museum, with professor Rita Jacobs.

Sports Media and Journalism

There are a host of professionals who contribute to your experience of “watching the game.” Reporters, producers, commentators, camera operators… Whether behind the camera or speaking out in front, many have been trained as sports media journalists.

Sports Media and Journalism: The Big Picture

The School of Communication and Media offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Television and Digital Media (TVDM) with a Concentration in Sports Media and Journalism.   By combining a solid liberal arts education with coursework in multi-platform media production, students are exposed to, and are prepared for, diverse careers in the ever-changing fast-paced industry of sports media.

The emphasis of Sports Media and Journalism is on the writing, producing and directing of solid media content.  What’s more, access to state-of-the-art facilities in the Du Mont Television Center and multimedia news room in the new SCM building, enables students to learn on equipment used in the industry today. Students also have access to local media professionals who work on campus through the New Jersey News Commons, which connects news-gathering operations across the state.

Through internships, radio experience and visiting speakers, students develop broad professional awareness as well as professional networks.  Graduates are, thus, in high demand, finding work in Web and television production and with sports networks (such as ESPN, YES Network and MLB Network.)

What You Will Study

By following the Sports Media and Journalism concentration, you will become familiar with the inner workings of the television studio, remote truck, plus key techniques of sports writing and reporting. You will have the opportunity to select elective courses from throughout the School of Communication and Media curricula, including those in Communication and Filmmaking.

Students are required to complete 120 credits to earn the BA degree. The program includes five required areas of study:

  1. Major Requirements (21 credits)—These courses include, Sports Media and Society, Introduction to Control Room/Studio, Introduction to Field Production/Editing, Cross-Platform Sports Writing and Reporting, Sports Production for TV, Radio and Internet, TV Practicum and Multimedia News Production
  2. Common-Core School Curriculum (12 credits)—a broad foundation for understanding all communication and media disciplines (required of all students in the School of Communication and Media)
  3. General Education Courses (39-42 credits)—exploration of studies that provide a liberal arts education, including writing, humanities, math, natural science, world language, computer science, physical education and social science (required of all Montclair State students pursuing a BA).
  4. Major Electives (15 credits)—The student completes additional courses from throughout the TVDM, Communication Studies and Film programs, plus options for journalism-related courses from the English Department.
  5. Free Electives (21-30 credits)—Students select courses in areas of interest outside the School of Communication and Media, including the possibility of a minor area of study

For complete course requirements and descriptions, go to:

Careers in Sports Media and Journalism

Opportunities for employment are considerable in the media industry. Below is a sampling of career titles related to the profession:

  • Sports Reporter
  • Sports Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Video Editor
  • Camera Operator
  • Writer/Editor
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Multi-media Journalist
  • Documentary Producer
  • Photojournalist
  • Social Media Producer

Visit the links below for additional professional and career-related information:

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Program Coordinator: Kelly Whiteside