International reporting opportunity, guest speakers bring sports to Scripps

The Scripps College of Communication is offering an opportunity to report the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The college announced Monday afternoon its partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation that will allow 10 students to participate in the summer event.

Students will work directly with the U.S. Soccer Federation and be provided with full access to the U.S. matches, players and players’ families, said Yusuf Kalyango, associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, in a press conference.

“We are very excited about this opportunity. We never expected it to be this big. It's a great opportunity,” Kalyango said.

The announcement took place a day before the school will host several journalism professionals on campus.

Speakers include Bob DiBiasio, vice president of public affairs for the Cleveland Indians; Tim Stephens, President of Associated Press Sports Editors; Brittany Copeland, sports reporter for FOX59 in Indianapolis; Matt Barnes, sportscaster for NBC4 in Columbus; and featured speaker Gregory Lee, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

“NABJ was thinking about what happens on campus, and what the students need. Sports can be different from the everyday news; I think that’s very important.” said Aunjanna Million, president of OU’s NABJ chapter.

Gathering the speakers for the panel was accomplished by a combined effort from a number of journalism clubs on campus.

“We all wanted to work together, and this was a chance to do that,” said Lindsay Friedman, president of OU’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter and previous Post editor. “Scripps is a powerful college, and there are a lot of great ideas. Like Schoonover, we want to combine all of those great ideas and start to create great programming like the sports panel.”

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