ESPN Editors Visit UMass Journalism

ESPN's Jena Janovy, Sarah Goldstein and Matthew Lee spoke to UMass journalism students this week.  <br> Photo Credit: Brian McDermott

ESPN's Jena Janovy, Sarah Goldstein and Matthew Lee spoke to UMass journalism students this week. Photo Credit: Brian McDermott

About 40 UMass journalism students heard from three editors from ESPN this week.  Jena Janovy, Sarah Goldsteein and Matthew Lee spoke about the state of the industry and their duties during a 90-minute discussion.

The trio dispelled several myths, including notions that ESPN does not do serious journalism.  Janovy spoke at length about the cross-platform, long-form journalism she does.  She spoke about how she and her writer spent more than six months putting together the award-winning Ray of Hope package.

All three work for ESPN’s Web site and quickly dispelled the notion that Web journalists do not practice under the same ground rules as “traditional” print journalists.

“First and foremost, journalism and basic skills you need to write a proper story are the same no matter what,” Goldstein said.

All three said there were jobs available but admitted that the pool of available talent is much larger because veteran journalists are being laid off at newspapers.  The advice was consistent from all three:  Journalism students should acquire as many skills as possible while in school and do as many internships as possible.

Lee polled the crowd as to those who had taken part in internships.  When about half of those present raised their hands, Lee looked out at the group and asked:

“What are the rest of you waiting for?”

Good advice indeed.



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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