'Sports Communications' panel discussion is April 10

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‘Sports Communications’ panel discussion is April 10

Shelley Smith, the Hearst Visiting Scholar at UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications, will moderate an April 10 sports communications panel. The event is free and open to the public.
Shelley Smith (center), the Hearst Visiting Scholar at UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications, will moderate an April 10 sports communications panel. The event is free and open to the public.

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is organizing a panel presentation by award-winning national and local journalists, public relations and advertising professionals.

The two-hour event, “The New World of Sports Communications,” opens at 4:30 p.m. April 10 in Andersen Hall, room 15.

The discussion will be moderated by Shelley Smith, a four-time Emmy Award-winning ESPN reporter. Panel members include:

  • Bryan Burwell, an award-winning journalist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch and ESPN’s Sports Reporters;

  • Elizabeth Conlisk, the Big Ten Network’s vice president for communications and university relations;

  • Dirk Chatelain, award-winning columnist for the Omaha World Herald;

  • Paula Lavigne, an award-winning TV and print reporter for ESPN;

  • Elizabeth Merrill, an award-winning long-form writer for ESPN.com; and

  • Clint! Runge, co-founder and managing director of Archrival, a youth marketing agency.

Discussion topics include how sports coverage and business have changed with the growth of communications platforms, including social media; is media coverage of athletes too intrusive; and the future of sports communications.

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