SoJ Web Report | May 14, 2009The Associated Press Sports Editors, the nation’s largest professional sports journalism organization, is establishing its headquarters at Indiana University’s new National Sports Journalism Center.
The School of Journalism at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus will be the first official home for APSE, which was founded 35 years ago and now includes more than 550 members in print and online sports news.
|Garry D. Howard|
As part of this affiliation, Indiana University and APSE will erect a Hall of Fame in the new Student Media Center on the IUPUI campus that will honor the winners of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports journalism. APSE initiated the award in 1981. Past winners include Red Smith, Dick Schaap, Bud Collins, Jim Murray and Dave Kindred. The exhibit also will include a tribute to APSE presidents.
“The proposed APSE Hall of Fame will be a meeting place where college students and visitors will, hopefully, be inspired to reach for the stars in this most exhilarating industry,” Howard said.
In addition to bestowing the Red Smith Award, APSE also sponsors journalism awards that honor the best sports writing and sports sections in the U.S. The IU School of Journalism will assist APSE in the administration of its national contest. The sports editors’ organization and IU also will partner on training seminars for professional sports journalists.
APSE hosts two annual conventions, meets regularly with the commissioners of the major professional sports leagues, and advocates for the rights of sports media.
|Chancellor Charles Bantz|
“Housing the Associated Press Sports Editors at IUPUI is a natural alliance given the campus’ long involvement in supporting the sports movement in Indianapolis and IUPUI’s growing academic strengths in sports-related areas,” Bantz said. “Along with journalism, IUPUI has faculty with expertise in sports law, management, medicine, culture and economics.”
Bradley J. Hamm, the dean of the IU School of Journalism, said several key factors are behind APSE’s decision to affiliate with IU. The School of Journalism at IUPUI has state-of-the-art facilities and is located near the headquarters of many of the nation’s top sports organizations, including the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, USA Gymnastics, USA Track & Field, U.S. Diving, the Black Coaches Association and the Indy Racing League, among others.
In addition, Hamm said that Indianapolis’ central location in the U.S. and its new international airport will make it convenient for future APSE activities. And, he said the partnership will allow APSE to tap into the resources and expertise of one of America’s oldest and most respected journalism schools.
“APSE is an ideal match with our new National Sports Journalism Center and we look forward to a long, beneficial partnership,” Hamm said. “I believe that together we can teach and support the very best in sports journalism across all levels, from high school students to veteran professionals.”
Timothy A. Franklin, director of the sports journalism center and the Louis A. Weil Jr. Endowed Chair in journalism, said the partnership represents a win for both organizations.
Indiana University launched the National Sports Journalism Center earlier this year after it hired Franklin, an IU alumnus who at the time was editor of The Baltimore Sun. Franklin, who also had been sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, is leading a program that aims to become the premier sports media institute in America.
The center will begin offering sports journalism courses on the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses this fall. It has begun a speaker series that will include top sports figures in America discussing major trends and issues in sports media. The center will launch a Web site in late summer. It is working to establish internships for students. And, the center expects to offer a full sequence of sports media courses on the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses in the fall of 2010.
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