Veteran journalist, B.J. Schecter, has been named the new Professional-in-Residence for the College of Communication and the Arts.
The College of Communication and the Arts is proud to announce a new addition to its Professionals-in-Residence Program: B.J. Schecter, a veteran journalist who spent the last 20 years at Sports Illustrated and was most recently executive editor of SI and SI.com, has been appointed to develop a collaborative and uniquely interdisciplinary Sports Media program. “I am excited to launch this revolutionary program. Not only do I want to build the best interdisciplinary sports media program in the country, but also create an experiential learning environment where students can thrive professionally,” said Schecter.
Schecter, seen here at the University's radio station (WSOU), was most recently the executive editor at Sports Illustrated and SI.com.
This innovative program will create strong relationships throughout the University, incorporating the strengths of multiple campus partners. Collaborative efforts are already underway: Schecter will work with the Stillman School of Business, specifically the Center for Sport Management and the Seton Hall Sports Poll to bring aspects of both into the program. The College’s award-wining student radio station, WSOU, will be a partner in developing hands-on practicums for students to produce professional reporting. Housed in Athletics, the Pirate Sports Network (PSN), which already puts student broadcasters and producers on the field (and online) to call Pirates’ games, will also benefit from this new program. Students in the Sports Media program will have the opportunity to perfect their skills with PSN.
Schecter speaks with students from a recent sports media class. His goal is to create an experiential learning environment where students can thrive professionally.
Schecter will develop and teach classes in sports media, but that’s not all. He will be leading a wide-range of groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary communication and digital media programs, including symposia, conferences and round-table discussions. Additionally, Schecter will serve as the faculty adviser to the University’s award-winning student newspaper, The Setonian. “The sports media field is on the move, and the College of Communication and the Arts is in a perfect position to create a one-of-a-kind program for our students,” he said.
The College's Sports Media program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, while learning from industry experts.
Deirdre Yates, Dean of the College of Communication and the Arts could not be more enthusiastic to launch this new program, stating, “Our College was built on fundamentals that include experiential learning and interdisciplinary learning. This new Sports Media program will encompass both – students will be hands on in their education, and will be working with programs across campus in different fields.” Dean Yates continued, “We are extremely thrilled and privileged to welcome Mr. Schecter into our College. The beauty of the Professionals-in-Residence program is that it creates opportunities for our students to learn from the best in the field.”
Currently the editorial director for Baseball America, Schecter has over 25 years of sports media experience and has taught journalism courses at several high-profile universities throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Currently the editorial director for Baseball America, Schecter has an illustrious background with 25 years of sports media experience. He has taught journalism courses at high-profile universities throughout the New York metropolitan area, the sports media capital of the world, including Columbia University, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Fordham University and the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
An accomplished multimedia editor, Schecter worked in a variety of roles at Sports Illustrated. Over the years, he has supervised investigative teams, reported on college sports, managed website content and edited special projects such as “Crime in College Football” and “50 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.” Prior to Sports Illustrated, Schecter spent five years as a reporter with The Boston Globe.
Seton Hall has a long-standing tradition of sports media excellence. Notable alumni include Bob Ley, Dick Vitale, John Brickley and Bob Picozzi (ESPN), Gabrielle Wallace and Bardia Shah-Rais (Fox Sports), Bill Raftery, Brian Ciano and Vincent Coughlin (CBS Sports), Bob Salter and Joey Wahler (WFAN), Ed Lucas (Emmy-Award winning broadcaster) and Jim Hunter (Baltimore Orioles announcer), just to name a few.