by Erin Bognar
Samford University’s journalism and mass communication (JMC) sports media students were selected to partner with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Championships Festival March 6–10 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The festival, representing Division II universities and colleges from around the nation, included the national championships of five sports: women’s track and field, men’s track and field, women’s swimming and diving, men’s swimming and diving, and men’s wrestling.
Eighteen students from all areas of Samford JMC, including sports media minors, broadcast production students, sports writing students and public relations students, covered the various sports at the festival as part of an educational immersion program. They wrote feature stories, used social media in real time to publish event information, interviewed athletes, filmed broadcast segments, and assisted with press conferences and medal ceremony reports.
“Our students were able to complete the same work they’d be doing upon graduating as paid staff members,” said Bernie Ankney, Samford JMC department chair. “This opportunity is as good as it gets for our sports media students to build their résumés and get experience in the field.”
Erin Bognar is a journalism and mass communication major and news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.