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Winter 2011
News & Notes
Strudler hosts AP regional sports meeting
Writers discuss changes in journalism, highlight ‘great sports writing’
BY DAVID MIELACH, ‘11
Scenes from the webcast of the panel sessions - Left: Jane McManus argued that good reporting, no matter the format for publication, is still what is
most important; Right: Dr. Keith Strudler introduces the speakers.
O
n May 3 sports writers and editors
from around
the Northeast traded in their seat in the news
room for one in a Marist College classroom.
At least for that one day.
This was because the Associated Press Sports Editors
Northeast Regional Meeting chose Marist College as the
site for their annual meeting for the second time in the past
three years.
Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant, Neil Best of Newsday,
Bob Hohler and Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe,
and Jane McManus of ESPN.com headlined this year’s edi-
tion of the annual meeting, which featured a lunch with stu-
dents and two panels.
“There’s a multitude of things that students could get out
of this experience,” said Dr. Keith Strudler, associate profes-
sor and chair of the Communication Department. “Students
can get a unique perspective that goes way beyond traditional
classroom learning in which they can interact with and ask
questions to people who are doing what they one day hope to
do themselves.”
For those in attendance, this perspective was gained from
two insightful panels. The f irst panel, “Finding your Role in
the New Journalism Landscape,” focused on the changes in
journalism as new digital platforms undergo continued ex-
pansion. This panel was moderated by Strudler and featured
Marist alumni Rich Arleo, ‘10, and Dr. Lyn Lepre, asso-
ciate professor of communication, as well as McManus and
Gasper.
“It was a great experience to be able to sit on a panel with
those writers,” Arleo said. “It was one thing to notice and see
the changes that journalism is undergoing, but it’s another
story to hear those same things I was thinking from some of
the top writers in the f ield.”
Lepre agreed.
“As an instructor, you spend a great deal of time staying
current in the f ield, so that you can provide your students the
best and most relevant education possible so they are prepared
for the jobs that will be available to them,” she said. “Being
able to have a dialog with professionals in the f ield is a great
opportunity.”
The second afternoon panel celebrated “Great Sports
Writings” from Best, Jacobs and Hohler. These writers par-
ticipated in a question and answer session in which they de-
scribed some selected works. Both sessions were streamed
over the internet for the f irst time in the history of the event.
“This is what I have always envisioned for the sports com-
munication department,” Strudler added. “I always wanted
to take it in this direction and despite the fact that it is very
easy to be complacent and not do things like this, the end
result, after all the work is well worth it.”
In June 2011, the Northeast APSE will host the national
convention in Boston, and has invited Strudler and his sports
communication students to attend and participate.
“It will be great for our students to meet writers from
around the country,” Strudler said. “Plus, I hear the opening
is in Fenway Park.”
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