Hofstra’s Sports Journalism Certificate Program for Teens Is Helping Girls Pursue a Career in Sports Broadcasting

Sports broadcasting and sports journalism positions have traditionally been held by men. Yet, these male-dominated fields are starting to be redefined by women who have a love of sports and the desire to report on sports-related topics and sporting events. In the world of sports journalism, there are a growing number of jobs for both men and women thanks to the growth of online radio, television, social media and blogs. The Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute for Teens at Hofstra Continuing Education is helping to prepare the next generation of sports journalists and broadcasters.

To help support the goals and inspirations of girls wanting careers in sports journalism, the Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute offers an “Introduction to Sports Journalism for Young Women.” Designed specifically for girls ages 12-18, the course explores the fundamentals of sports broadcasting, including presenting, announcing, interviewing, research and writing, and overall professional presence.

Instructors with Real-World Experience
At the Institute, we’re especially excited to be introducing two new instructors to our team who will certainly help teach, guide and inspire female students, as well as male students in the program.

Shannon Spake joined ESPN in 2006 and serves multiple roles for the network.  She is a sideline reporter for the Saturday college football games, Saturday Primetime College Basketball and Super Tuesday SEC college basketball telecasts, plus select college football bowl games. She previously worked as a pit reporter on selected NASCAR race telecasts and reports on NASCAR and college sports for SportsCenter. She also was a reporter and host for the former ESPN2 program NASCAR Now.
Kelli Tennant, host and reporter with Time Warner Cable, SportsNet and SportsNet LA covering the Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy and WCC men’s hoops. She brings her experience as a college athlete and as a host and reporter.
Cayleigh Griffin, correspondent and digital assistant for the BIG EAST Conference and the BIG EAST Digital Network. She also works as a basketball color analyst for ESPN3 broadcasts and has served as a sideline reporter for a number of women’s basketball national broadcasts on FOX Sports.

They join our team of seasoned broadcasters who are helping students improve their communicating and writing skills to guide them on their path toward a career in sports journalism.

Tara Petrolino, an Emmy Award-winning television host, sportscaster and writer. She has served as an analyst for women’s basketball on the CBS Sports Network and will again be covering the sidelines at the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York City later this year on ESPN.
Keith Irizarry has been nominated for 2 New York Emmy’s for his work as a play by play announcer and host. He can be heard Monday-Friday on NBC Sports Radio as part of the Chris Mannix Show from 3pm-7pm.
Kevin Dexter is a versatile sportscaster working in Television & Radio, who can be heard as the weekend morning drive Sports Anchor at 1010 WINS in New York City. He also anchors sports at News 12 Long Island, and Sports Flash updates for the CBS Sports Radio Network.

Educating and Inspiring Tomorrow’s Sports Journalists and Broadcasters
Hofstra University Continuing Education has offered sportscasting courses for more than 15 years, and program alumni have gone on to become successful sportscasters and sports journalists. Students learn important skills while gaining valuable opportunities to network with professionals and get tips and advice from successful professionals in the field. There has never been a better time for girls to pursue a future career in sports journalism and broadcasting. And the Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute at Hofstra Continuing Education is the best place to do this. Learn more about the Institute.

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