Journalism and Sports Program

Program Accomplishments

Student Exposure to Veteran News Media

  • 2011 – 10 students attended "The Future of the American Dream" discussion at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, featuring former NY Times columnist Bob Herbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow and Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation. 
  • 2008 – Basic News Writing class attended talk by political analyst Jeff Greenfield about the presidential election. Hosted by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. 

History of the Journalism and Sports Program

  • In first year of program (2007-2008), 35 AUC (Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta) students took journalism courses. In fifth year (2011-2012), a program-high 111 AUC students have taken journalism courses and 29 Morehouse students have declared journalism as their minor.
  • July 2010 – two-day retreat developed strategic plan entitled “Changing the Face of Journalism” that established J&S goals from 2010-2013. Plan defined needs for teaching and support staff, multimedia technology, scholarships, internships, admission to graduate journalism programs, global learning opportunities for students.
  • May, 2010, approved as a minor by vote of the faculty after originating as a concentration in the English Dept. 
  • Since 2007, new courses in Sports Reporting, Advanced News Writing and New Media Technology have been developed and approved first as special topics classes and in 2010 as permanent courses.
  • August 2007 – program launches with $1 million in seed money provided by Spike Lee grant.

Former J&S Students and Maroon Tiger Staffers working in the Media

  • Jon Bradley – college football/basketball rewrite editor, Associated Press 
  • Christian Bryant – Zimmer Radio Group
  • Terrence Campbell – associate editor, Hallmark Cards
  • Krista DeSouza – assistant media planner, Neo@Ogilvy ad agency
  • Gerren Gaynor – associate editor of Vibe Guides, Vibe Magazine
  • Bryan Graham – sports editor,
  • Regina Graham – Assignment Editor, CNN
  • Mark Anthony Green – assistant editor, Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine
  • Lauren Harper – website coordinator, Palace Sports & Entertainment (including Detroit Pistons arena)
  • Brandon Harrison – co-producer, SLAM Magazine Radio
  • Arshon Howard – freelance sportswriter, Delaware State News
  • Jason Jenkins – college football/basketball rewrite editor, Associated Press
  • Travers Johnson – quality coordinator, Edelman public relations
  • Brandon Lawrence – financial analyst, USA Network
  • Geoffrey McHenry – marketing and advertising, Translation LLC
  • Matthew McKnight – Web Producer/Online Contributor, The New Yorker/
  • Dante Miles – contributing writer,
  • Donovan Ramsey – independent journalist, CNN Money, the Grio 
  • Jourdan Shepard – Graphics Coordinator/Production Assistant, CBS Sports Network 

Current J&S Students and Maroon Tiger Staffers working in the Media

  • Brandon Leak – pregame/postgame host, Atlanta Hawks; sportscaster, The Fan 680 AM/93.7 FM
  • Zachary Thomas – free-lance photographer for Arthur Blank Family Foundation; mentor, RO Storytellers (teaches multimedia skills to at-risk children)
  • Quincy Young – highlights assistant,


  • 2012-2013 – James Pressley (Sports DeKalb sportswriter), Ariannah Hood (AW Media Group)
  • 2011-2012 – Former Maroon Tiger editor-in-chief Edward Mitchell (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Jordan Hollingsworth (Under Armour),  
    Kenley Hargett (WXIA NBC News), Phillip Wiggins (SNC2 Ink), David Howard (TBS Cartoon Network), Austin Hudson (Cashmere Agency), Keion Grissom (Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team), Jessika Morgan (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), Devin Emory (WXIA-TV sports), Jourdan Shepard (CNN).   
  • In 2010-2011, our students interned at the Clinton Foundation, NBC Nightly News, PGA Championship golf tournament, CNN, “2 Live Stews” sports talk show in Atlanta, Turner Broadcasting. 
  • From 2007-2010, our students interned at Radio One Atlanta, WSB-TV, Fox Sports Net, Broadcast Solutions, ZEEL TV, WBLS-FM (New York,) WDIV-TV (Detroit) and NIKE, Inc., Upscale Magazine (Atlanta), Grip Magazine (Atlanta) and Southwest Digest (Lubbock, Texas)

Scholarship Winners

  • 2012 – Nike/Spike Lee Endowed Scholarships ($13,500 total): Lance Dixon, Matthew Harper, Curtis Jackson, Andrew Mitchell, and Donnay Ragland
  • 2010 – Nike/Spike Lee Scholarships ($5,000 total): Andrew McNeil, Lonnie Smith and Davin Kellar
  • Spelman junior Lauren Harper named the first winner of the NABJ Larry Whiteside Scholarship ($2,500) for aspiring sports reporters.

Graduate School Students

  • Former journalism students and Maroon Tiger staffers who have earned a master’s degree in journalism: Matthew McKnight (Georgetown), Candace Wheeler (New York U.), Regina Graham (University of Southern California), Gerren Gaynor and Donovan Ramsey (Columbia U.).
  • Former journalism students and Maroon Tiger staffers who are pursuing graduate journalism or sports management programs: Lance Dixon (Columbia U.), Christian Bryant (U. of Missouri-Columbia), Mychael Bond (NYU International Media Producing Program in Singapore), Brandon Harrison (UCLA), Arshon Howard (Northwestern U., accepted for Spring 2013). 
  • Graduate school admissions workshops given by UC-Berkeley’s Pam Gleason, Northwestern’s Julie Collins, Morehouse career specialist Kellye Blackburn-Eccles

Forums/Panel Discussions Hosted or Co-Hosted by Journalism and Sports

  • 2012 – “And the Winner Is … Analyzing the 2012 Election”, a panel discussion featuring noted journalists and political science professors. Co-sponsored with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Featured panelists: Corey Dade, NPR National Correspondent; Bryan Monroe, Editor, CNN Politics; Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.
  • 2012 – “HOUSEsports Weekend” Conference, sponsored by ESPN, included six workshops. Topics included developing a column writing or sportscasting career (panelists were ESPN’s J.A. Adande and Jemele Hill), career opportunities in sports administration, the history of black pro basketball players before 1965 (when NBA rosters became 50% black), cultural and business aspects of sports abroad, Toni Stone (female Negro Leagues ballplayer). 
  • 2010 – New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden and Olympics hero Tommie Smith featured panelists in “Life After the Locker Room” symposium.
  • 2009 – “The Big Transition: From Racial Majority to Racial Minority.” Informed students about making the transition from an HBCU to likely being a racial minority in graduate school or the workplace. 
  • 2008 – “Covering Change: How Black Journalists Reported on Barack Obama’s Rise to Power.” Featured panelists: Pulitzer Prize winner Les Payne (Newsday), Pulitzer nominee Derrick Jackson (Boston Globe), White House correspondent April Ryan.
  • 2008 – “Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril” – examined status of black males in American society and at Morehouse. Featured panelist Washington Post National Editor Kevin Merida.
  • 2008 – “How Do I Get Started in a Sports Media or Business Career?” workshop; preview screening of ESPN documentary “Black Magic” about the history of HBCU basketball
  • 2008 – Negro Leagues photo exhibit “Discover Greatness” at Woodruff Library, co-sponsored with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Student Exposure to Veteran News Media

  • 2011 – 10 students attended “The Future of the American Dream” discussion featuring former NY Times columnist Bob Herbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow and Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation. 
  • 2008 – Basic News Writing class attended talk by political analyst Jeff Greenfield about the presidential election.

Student Exposure to Sports Media Careers

  • 2011 – NASCAR “Race to the Finish” career panel informed students about internships, scholarships and career opportunities in motor sports.
  • 2011 – Career panel brought together eight black professionals from ESPN with about 125 AUC students. Headline panelists: Keith Clinkscales, Senior VP for Content Development, Roxanne Jones, VP of Publishing.
  • 2011 – Tour of Turner Sports studios for Sports Reporting students.
  • 2010 – Lecture by NBA analyst Mike Glenn on sports broadcasting.
  • 2010 - TNT basketball analyst and former NBA star Chris Webber met with 20 sports reporting students, administrators and faculty members.
  • 2010 – Presentation by Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner about job and internship opportunities in baseball.
  • 2009 – “Power and Influence From the Sidelines: Is Sports Journalism for You?” Featured panelists: Michael Wilbon (ESPN), Sam Crenshaw (Channel 11), Ryan Stewart (“2 Live Crew” on 790 the Zone). Later broadcast on Comcast Channel 23.
  • 2008 – “How Do I Get Started in a Sports Media or Business Career?” Featured panelists: Arthur Triche (Atlanta Hawks), Harold Ellis (NBA coach), Reggie Roberts (Atlanta Falcons), Bill Strickland (sports agent).
  • 2008 – Preview screening of “Black Magic”, ESPN documentary about history of basketball at HBCUs. Followed by Q&A with NBA Hall of Famers Earl Lloyd and Earl Monroe, and director Dan Klores.

Classroom Lecturers (Professional Journalists and Sports Figures)

  • Print sports reporters and columnists Michael Wilbon, Bill Rhoden, Stephen A. Smith, Lowell Cohn, Mark Bradley, Chris Vivlamore, Steve Wyche, Darryl Ledbetter
  • Feature writers John Blake, Rosalind Bentley, Michelle Hiskey, 
  • Copy editors Lateef Mungin, Lisa Gibson
  • News writers Derrick Jackson, Mona Basu, Errin Haines, Lee Whack
  • Television broadcasters Sam Crenshaw, Andre Aldridge
  • Authors Kevin Merida, Gary Pomerantz
  • Multimedia journalists Mikki Harris, Sidmel Estes, Vince Baskerville
  • Sports figures Edwin Moses, Dominique Wilkins, Morehouse golf star Olajuwon Ajanaku, Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, Morehouse athletic director Andre Pattillo and coaches Terry Alexander, William Lewis and Grady Brewer

Journalism training workshops offered to students

  • 2012, 2009 and 2008 - Day-long workshops for Maroon Tiger staffers at the beginning of the school years, resulting in special editions about the annual Morehouse breast cancer walk and the first-ever preview of a Morehouse football season
  • 2010 – “Media Law in the Digital Age” workshop at Kennesaw State 
  • 2009 – Campus Progress regional journalism conference 
  • Sports writing boot camp at North Carolina A&T
  • Business journalism seminar at North Carolina A&T

Director’s Contributions to Overall Campus Life

  • As adviser to Maroon Tiger news organization, director has given guidance to editors and section heads, led copy editing sessions, helped staff members plan upcoming articles and special editions, participated in appointing editors for coming school years, arranged training workshops, given writing tips to reporters.
  • Adviser to student organization for aspiring sports reporters.
  • Guest lecturer in Business, English, Leadership, History and African-American Studies courses at Morehouse.
  • 2010-2012 – As Chair of the faculty’s Committee on Athletics, helped conceive and implement the first Homecoming Game faculty tailgates and first faculty basketball tailgate.
  • 2012 – Moderated “The Business of Sports and Entertainment” career workshop during Innovation Expo 2012.
  • 2010-2012 – Moderated journalism and film presentations during the annual English Department Student Symposium.
  • 2011 – Moderated Q&A session with Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell after his campus-wide lecture “Six Pillars of Leadership” for the Morehouse Management Club. Was member of planning committee.
  • 2011 – Secretary of Faculty Committee on Admissions

Director’s Media Exposure

  • 2012 – Wrote column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled “The Good Ol’ Days” contrasting past and current pro basketball.
  • 2012 – Wrote column for New York Times “Room for Debate” online opinion page about making the NCAA basketball tournaments more student focused. Published March 14, 2012. 
  • 2007-2012 – Co-host of the “Pioneer Awards” presented at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention. 
  • 2010 - Featured in an ESPN “Outside the Lines” segment about the Black Fives era of pro basketball that preceded the integration of the NBA in 1950.
  • 2008 – Guest with Maroon Tiger Sports Editor Jacobi Eaves on local television show “In Contact” about Journalism and Sports Program. 
  • Quoted or interviewed by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post, NAACP’s Crisis magazine, and Newark Star-Ledger, Reuters, National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation.” 

Director’s Awards/Honors/Presentations

  • 2012 – Panelist on “Sports, Race and Media” discussion at Northeastern University, sponsored by Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
  • 2011 – Named winner of Excellence in Sports Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Honored for articles and publications about racial dimensions of sports.
  • 2011 – Panelist on workshop entitled “Has Sports Damaged Black America: Using Education Through Sports to Revive Youth” in the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Author Pavilion. 
  • 2010 – Honored as a sports pioneer at Tom Molineaux Recognition and Commemoration Dinner 
  • 2009 – Chosen by ESPN as one of 13 people honored for work benefiting the African-American community at large.
  • 2008 –Panelist on workshop entitled “Taking It From a Single Class to a Program: What It Takes” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention.
  • 2008 – Panelist on workshop entitled “Exchanging Teaching Strategies and Professional Practices” for Clark-Atlanta University’s “Communication & Social Change Conference.”