Sports Communication

Sports Communication

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Crazy about sports?

Want a job reporting or promoting sports?

Get prepared by taking classes like sports writing or broadcasting, sports media relations and promotions and overall sports communication.

Here are all the details about the 12 credit-hour sports emphasis:

Take JOMC 150 Intro to Sports Communication and at least three more hours from Section A. Take the other six hours from Section A or Section B. 

Section A Course Hours
JOMC 150: Intro to Sports Communication 3
JOUR 326: Sports Writing 3
BRDC 375: Sports Broadcasting 3
JOMC: Advanced Sports Communication 3
ADPR, BRDC or JOUR internship in sports 3
Section B Course Hours
JOUR 201: Editing I 3
JOUR 202: Reporting I 3
ADPR 151: Introduction to ADPR 3
ADPR 283: Strategy Development 3
ADPR 450: Public Relations Theory and Strategy 3
ADPR 451: Public Relations Techniques 3
ADPR 207: Communicating to Public Audiences 3

NOTE: The 12 hours for the emphasis may not include any course already required for your major. You must meet the prerequisites for the classes or be admitted with special permission from the instructor.


Makayla Hipke (’13) explored social media as a PR strategy in the B1G Ten. Her research project took a look at the relationship between social media, fans and collegiate athletic departments.

Kelly Mosier's (’12) thesis studied the Husker Twitter community during the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

The Roper Fund

Dana and Lynn Roper established a fund to encourage and reward sports writing among CoJMC students. The money finances an annual sports writing contest and a yearly visit by a noted sportswriter to the college.

Sports Talk Show

1st & 3rd is on the air and on the Web each Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. The brand new show is hosted by Michael Shively and Chris Heady.

Honors and Awards

Broadcasting students have earned “Student Radio Call of the Week” honors twice in 2014.

Sports broadcaster Michael Shively and Bailey Neel were doing the play-by-play for the Nebraska-McNeese State game on 90.3 KRNU. Their call of Ameer Abdullah’s game-winning touchdown reception was singled out for the “Call of the Week” Sept. 6.

The second “Call of the Week” honor was awarded to Ryan Swanigan and Jon Kipper of KRNU who called the De’Mornay Pierson-El to Tommy Armstrong Jr. touchdown during the Nebraska-Northwestern game Oct. 18.

The NCAA selects the best radio calls of the college football season and features them on the NCAA website.

CoJMC Sports Communications