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Shirley Povich Center to Host Sports Journalism Symposium Oct. 2

Event is free to the public and will be held at University of Maryland's Knight Hall in College Park, Md.
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland will present a free symposium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Richard Eaton Theater in Knight Hall entitled “Covering the Hot Story.”

Topics to be discussed include ESPN’s coverage of concussions in football. The network recently withdrew from its partnership with PBS’s “Frontline” show, which was producing a documentary on the NFL’s handling of head injuries. The network, which broadcasts NFL games under contract, was reportedly pressured by the league to cut its ties to the show. Other topics will include the controversy surrounding the nickname of the Washington Redskins, steroid usage and other issues persistent in in sports media today.

The Povich Center has assembled an outstanding cast of journalists to speak on these issues. Columnist Mike Wise from The Washington Post, Kevin Blackistone, a visiting professor at Maryland’s journalism school and a regular on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and Christine Brennan, ABC commentator and columnist at USA Today will join author Dave Zirin and Daniel Gallen, sports editor of Maryland’s student newspaper, the Diamondback.

George Solomon, the director of the center who was Shirley Povich’s last sports editor at The Washington Post, will moderate the discussion.

Complimentary refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public. Those interested in attending the event are asked to email the Povich Center office at events@povichcenter.org.

For more information, visit PovichCenter.org.

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