AWSM@OhioU takes off

I’m excited to announce a new student organization at Ohio University I launched last month: AWSM@OhioU. It is a provisional student chapter of a national group to which I’ve belonged for years: The Association for Women in Sports Media.

The student chapter is open to both young women and men who are interested in careers in sports media — everything from writing and editing to producing and broadcasting to public/media relations.

With the help of some of the classiest women in the profession, our weekly gatherings will mostly consist of Skype sessions.

CBS 2’s morning sports anchor, Lisa Kerney, kicked things off for us this week. The former Lisa Gangel, with whom I became friends while she worked at KING5 in Seattle, is now making it happen in the Big Apple. She discussed her career path, which began in Butte, Montana, and some of the challenges and successes along the way. After her talk, AWSM@OhioU member Taylor Petra tweeted, “Makes me so excited for the future!” and Olivia Arbogast added, “Going to AWSM meetings always inspires me to go and apply for jobs or internships.”

Others on the docket for the rest of the fall include Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson, espnW’s Michelle Smith, Seattle Mariners Director of Public Information Rebecca Hale, and WomenTalkSports founder & CTO Ann Gaffigan. Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion Katie Smith will join us at some point Spring semester, as well.

While the highlights will be the guest speakers, the meetings also consist of sports discussions — everything from the action on the playing fields to what to expect inside locker rooms. We also talk internships, scholarships, resumes, cover letters, networking and more.

As if that weren’t fun enough, what good would a Sports Media organization be if we weren’t having a little fun, too? This semester, we will host an NFL viewing party in the Scripps Auditorium for the Oct. 11 Titans-Steelers game… with the biggest Steelers fan in the room buying pizza, too. To start to wind down the semester, we will also have a dinner/viewing party for the Nov. 14 Ohio-Ball State game.

Check out our website. Students, join the group. Friends and supporters, ask questions and offer advice.

I’d love to hear from you.

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