John Curley Center for Sports Journalism


Explore Issues and Trends in Sports Journalism


COMM 476 Sports Writing

This is an upper-level course designed to prepare students to write sports stories for newspapers and magazines. Modern sports writing requires sportswriters to not only attend games and interview coaches, but also to use statistics, profile people and explore trends. Through a variety of assignments, the course will provide students with the experience that will prepare them for the demands of being modern sportswriters. And it will ground them in the ethical principles that all journalists must follow.

Student interviewing a Penn State wrestler

COMM 477 Sports Broadcasting

This is an upper-level course designed to prepare students to broadcast sports events and news. These specialized broadcasts -- including play-by-play, studio sportscasts, field reporting and features -- requires well-prepared and well-rounded students. Through many hands-on assignments, students will hone their sports broadcasting skills.

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COMM 478 Sports Information

This is an upper-level course designed to prepare students for a specialized form of modern media relations -- sports information. Sports information professionals combine skills of both journalists and public relations specialists. Such professionals work for leagues, organizations or teams and serve audiences that include fans as well as sports media. With hands-on, practical exercises and experiences, the course will expose students to the demands and skills necessary to succeed as a sports information professional.

  • Instructor: Matt Caracappa
Foot traffic heading to Beaver Stadium before a football game


Additional sports-releated courses in the Bellisario College:
(These are not part of the official Curley Center curriculum, but do provide additional foundations and variety for students interested in crafting sports-related focus for their studies.)

  • COMM 170 Introduction to the Sports Industry
    Since 1987 the sports industry has grown from $50 billion to more than $200 billion, becoming one of the 10 leading industries in the United States. It is an industry unlike any other in its structure and operating principles. This course provides a basic understanding of how the principles of business apply in the industry of sports.
  • COMM 412 Sports Media and Society
    This course is designed to help students more critically view the role of sport media in American culture. The influence of/relationship between sport media and issues such as race, gender, sexuality (homophobia), nationalism, capitalism/consumerism, violence and civic life will be examined. Issues in relation to journalism ethics and the production of sport media also will be examined.