The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research.
The Curley Center's undergraduate curricular emphasis includes courses in sports writing, covering the business of sports, sports data, sports broadcasting and sports information. Along with core courses, the Curley Center places an emphasis on internships and hands-on experience with broadcast, multimedia and print outlets as well as weith league, sport and team publicity operations.
In September 2005, the Center was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society.
The Center was established in 2003. It was named the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism in September 2006, honoring Curley, whose more than five decades of newspaper experience included work as a reporter, editor, publisher and, ultimately, president, CEO and chairman of the Gannet Co. He was the first editor of USA Today.
The Curley Center's undergraduate curricular emphasis includes courses in sports writing, covering the business of sports, sports data, sports broadcasting and sports information. Also, a course on sports and public policy is cross-listed with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
The Curley Center's approach includes a strong emphasis on internships. Whether at national organizations (CBS Sports Network, ESPN, MLB.com) or at campus outlets (CommMedia, The Daily Collegian and many more), hands-on opportunities are vital.