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Shirley Povich Center to Tell Sportswriters' Stories

January 29, 2014
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Beth Mechum 301-405-4605

Shirley Povich Center for Sports JournalismCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism is debuting a sports media project entitled "Still No Cheering in the Press Box."
 
The project is an extension of the 1973 book "No Cheering in the Press Box" by Jerome Holtzman that detailed the lives and careers of 24 sportswriters whose careers spanned mostly from the 1920s to '70s, including Shirley Povich and Red Smith.
 
In the modern-day version, to be published at www.povichcenter.org/still-no-cheering, the goal is to include many of the modern day stars of sportswriting, including ESPN's Michael Wilbon, USA Today's Christine Brennan, the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan, author and columnist John Feinstein, the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins and the late L.A. Times' Jim Murray.
 
The mostly student-driven project will be a look inside how the formative years of today's great sportswriters shaped their careers, as well as advice for aspiring journalists.

"Jerome Holtzman's wonderful 1974 book "No Cheering in the Press Box" covered many of the best sportswriters of the 20th century - up to the 1970's. That leaves us more than 40 years of great sports journalists to chronicle and who better than the students from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism to do the chronicling?" said George Solomon, director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and professor of the practice.

"We hope to come close to meeting Mr. Holtzman's standards and do justice to today's sportswriting giants."

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society.

 

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