Hofstra University Continuing Education

Sports Journalism & Broadcasting Institute

Sports Journalism Institute for Teens

Our program offerings and certificate program are offered to any teenager 12 to 18 years old. Our hands-on curriculum centers around teaching the fundamental skills needed for the sports journalism and broadcasting industry.

We also seek to improve those skills with real-world experiences in our state-of-the-art facilities on Hofstra University’s campus – home to 17 intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division I level.

For more information, contact Madeline Schmitt, Sports Journalism Director, at 516-463-7400,
or email ce-youth@hofstra.edu


Program Activities
Our instructors and guest speakers are current industry professionals working either at the High School, Collegiate or Professional ranks. Our instructional staff has work affiliations with the following sports media organizations: Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), ESPN, CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, News 12 Varsity Long Island and News 12.

We offer classroom learning and hands-on training activities for all of our programs.

Students will learn to develop and hone their skills in the following areas:
  • Research and Preparation
  • Writing
  • Interviewing (In-person, Skype, and Phone) with Division I Athletic Coaches and/or Special Industry Guests
  • Radio Anchoring, Hosting and Updates
  • Television Anchoring and Updates
  • Reporting
  • Round Table Hosting
  • Sports Debating
  • Post-Production Producing & Editing
  • Sports Broadcasting Fundamentals (Play-by-Play and Color Commentary)
  • Utilization of a Teleprompter
  • Vocal Coaching

Instruction and Feedback
Throughout all of our programs participants receive instructions and assessments from our instructor and special guest speakers.

Course Offerings for Teens
H0831 Sports Journalism 101 for Teens Get Class Info
H1014 Introduction to Sportscasting for Teens Get Class Info
H1016 Intermediate Sportscasting for Teens Get Class Info
H0830 Introduction to Sports Journalism for Young Women Get Class Info
H0800 Sportscasting Research and Prep Get Class Info
H0805 Sports Writing, Blogging, and Social Media Get Class Info
H0810 Preparing and Conducting Sports Related Interviews Get Class Info
H0815 Sports Radio Hosting Get Class Info
H0816 Advanced Radio Hosting Get Class Info
H0820 Sports Television Hosting and Anchoring Get Class Info
H0821 Sports Producing and Editing Get Class Info
H0822 Television Sports Reporting Get Class Info
H0823 Hosting, Pre & Post Game Shows for Radio & TV Get Class Info
H0824 Sports Round Table Hosting Get Class Info
H0825 Sports Play-by-Play for TV & Radio Get Class Info
H0826 Advanced Play-by-Play and Color Commentary Get Class Info
H0809 Vocal Coaching for Teens Get Class Info
H0806 Introduction to Digital Content Creation Get Class Info
H0848 Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Resume Reel Get Class Info
H0833 Sports Fantasy Preparation, Drafting. and Debating Get Class Info
H0829 Sports Show Creation Get Class Info
H0827 Advanced Play-by-Play and Color Commentary: Live Professional Sporting Events Get Class Info
H0849 Sports Journalism Capstone Course Get Class Info

Course Offerings for College Students
H0846 Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Training for College Students Get Class Info

Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute for Teens Facilities
Students are taught in state-of-the-art classrooms and studios on the Hofstra University campus.

The program features two specialized dedicated program training rooms:

TV Recording Studio (over 400’ square feet)
  • High Definition (HD) Camera
  • Shure Microphones
  • Teleprompter
  • High Definition Flat Screen Television
  • Ceiling-mounted Recessed LED Lighting
  • Specialized Genaray LED TV Dimmable Spot Lights
  • Sound Proofing Technology
  • Hofstra Branded Backdrop

Hofstra SPorts Journalism Audio Studio /
Audio Recording Studio (over 200’ square feet)
  • Behringer Mixer
  • Studio Amplifier
  • Rode Procaster Microphones
  • Behringer Headphones
  • Shure microphones
  • Studio Monitors
  • High Definition Flat Screen Television
  • Hofstra Branded Backdrop

Hofstra SPorts Journalism Video Studio /

What You Need to Get Started to Join an Online Class
  • Laptop or PC with a Microphone and Webcam
  • iPad with a Microphone and Webcam
  • Internet Access
How to Access the Training Sessions
Participant will receive an email, approximately 24-hours prior to class commencement, from Hofstra Sports Journalism & Broadcasting administration and/or instructors for every meeting date and time with the following information:
  • Meeting ID#
  • Password
  • Website Link

Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute for Teens
Our experienced instructors and well-known guest speakers provide a fun learning environment. We strive to provide team-building exercises that enhance children’s self-esteem, confidence, and develop their passion through:
  • Collaborating within a Group Setting
  • Effectively Communicating and Negotiating
  • Teamwork
  • Manners and Respect
  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Socialization
By learning both hard and soft skills within our programs, students are better prepared to enter the next phase of their life and career.

Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute for Teens Fun Facts
  • Sports Journalism & Broadcasting Certificate Recipients Since 2014: 84
  • Sports Journalism Alumni (completed any course since 2000): over 1,100
  • Sports Journalism Alumni who attended Hofstra University to pursue a degree in communication from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication: 57

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