The College of Communication and the Arts is pleased to announce a third installment of its sports media round-table speaker series, "The Book on Storytelling, Writing and Publishing", featuring New York Times best-selling authors Jeff Benedict and Ben Reiter on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 107. The renowned journalists will share their expertise and personal experience in developing high-quality, nonfiction pieces through an engaging panel discussion.
Moderated by Professional-in-Residence B.J. Schecter, "The Book on Storytelling, Writing and Publishing" will continue the College's exclusive series on trending topics in the sports industry. "Having accomplished journalists come to campus and interact directly with the students is part of what we're trying to do with our new Sports Media minor," said Schecter. "This series gives students the opportunity to enhance what they are learning in the classroom. The timely discussion will go deep into how to create immersive, well-reported work that doesn't just tell a story; it takes readers to places they haven't been and gives them a true sense of who these athletes are."
Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated is the author of 15 nonfiction books including his most recent #1 New York Times best-selling biography, Tiger Woods—which is currently being made into an HBO film—and QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, the sports memoir of the National Football League's (NFL) Steve Young. He is currently writing the biography of LeBron James.
Ben Reiter, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, is a regarded journalist who has written over 25 cover stories for the magazine including his prediction that the Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series. Describing how he came to his conclusion, Reiter's Astroball presents the story of a team rising to the top and his account of how human and technological insights can have astonishing results. Register to attend.
Previously in the series, leaders from well-known outlets including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the MLB and NHL networks and The Athletic offered their perspectives on the dynamics of baseball reporting and the value of pay-to-read journalism.
Kicking off the series in February 2018, "Baseball and Spring Training: Covering America's Game Today" welcomed Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci, former ESPN writer Jayson Stark, and the MLB and NHL network's Marc Weiner as they highlighted the changing nature of baseball, the power of compelling story-telling and the significance of trust with players amid an evolving media landscape.
In April 2018, the second panel brought The Athletic's Paul Fichtenbaum and Dana O'Neil together during "The Athletic and the Future of Media: The New Model for Sports Coverage." The writers shared their thoughts on subscription-based journalism and its ability to bring quality news to the surface while offering different, more personable story perspectives to readers.