Second Annual Women in Sports Media Symposium

Women in Sports Media Symposium - April 13, 2018

​Share The Experience: The Second Annual Women in Sports Media Symposium took place on Friday, April 13, 2018. This full-day event, organized by seven journalism students and professor Steve Fox, attracted over 100 people to its morning and afternoon sessions. The two keynote speakers were ESPN PR's Keri Potts and A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. The event also featured a panel of ESPN editors, Jena Janovy, Cristina Daglas and Christina Karl, and a one-on-one interview with Adrienne Matt, founder of the Adrienne Matt Women in Sports Journalism Scholarship.

After lunch, seven UMass sports journalism alumni from the class of 2016 and 2017 discussed how they emerged into the sports industry and their experiences as females in a male dominated industry. Trudy Joseph (ESPN), Kaitlyn Boyer (ESPN), Allie Furlo (ESPN), Jacqui Collins (New England Patriots), Bridgette Proulx (WEEI), Alexandra Francisco (MassLive) and Emily Driscoll (NBC Sports Boston) talked about how they found jobs post-graduation and how they feel working in a male-dominated industry and gave advice to current students.

A networking session with current students and guests concluded the day. The symposium was organized by Mollie Walker '19, Molly Clancy '18, Shayna Hall '18, Emilie Cowan '19, Sarah Jacobs '20, Imogen Fairs '18 and Mike Knittle '18.  It was made possible by a grant from Women for UMass Amherst and was co-sponsored by the McCormack Department of Sport Management and the Department of Communication. 

Read more about the event on the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.

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