NSMA Adds Half Day to Sports Media Convergence Summit


Due to the popularity of past events, the NSMA is adding a half day to its Sports Media Convergence Summit in June. The Summit is part of the NSMA's 62nd Awards Weekend & National Convention. It features seminars and panels presented by NSMA Award winners and others, designed to educate students and young professionals.

The half day is scheduled from 9:30am to 1:30pm on Sunday, June 26th. This is in addition to the full-day Summit on Monday, June 27. Both sessions will be held in the Hearn Ballroom at the Winston-Salem Marriott, the headquarters hotel for the NSMA's Awards Weekend & National Convention.

The registration fee is $149. The price covers both sessions and lunch each day. It does not include hotel stay.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

A tentative look at presenters and topics:



Gary Laing (HRSN Dover), Maurice Patton (Main Street Preps Columbia)

Small Market Sports Coverage – why it’s important and how to prepare

Donna Ditota (Syracuse Post Standard), Joe Person (The Athletic), Jeff Zriebec (The Athletic), Mike Singer (Denver Post)

Covering a Beat – Beat writing tips and tricks in a zoom filled world

Angelique Martinez (KSEE-TV), AJ McCord (KOIN-TV), Brittany Cooper (KMVT-TV)

Women in Sports Media

Bob Glauber (Newsday), Kevin Dupont (Boston Globe)

Sports Columns – The challenge of delivering interesting stories

Andy Burcham (Auburn Sports Network), Paul Keels (Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Network)

Before You Go Live – Preparation is key before you hit the air

Keith Sargeant (NJ Advance Media), Geoff Hobson (Bengals.com)

Writing Feature Stories – Challenges in writing in-depth profiles and finding outside-the-box enterprise

Kendrick Haskins (WAVE-TV)

Social Media in Sports

Adam Gold (WRAL Radio), Adam Witten (Learfield)

Keeping Radio and Podcasts Fun

Bob Socci (Patriots/Sports Hub)

Station Navigation – What happens when you’re a team play-by-play announcer for a station whose talk shows criticize the team, and how do you walk the tightrope?

Morey Hershgordon (WPRI-TV), Chris Lewis (Bronco Sports Properties), Zach Mackey (Bobcat Sports Properties)

Building Your Brand – Marketing yourself in Sports Journalism out of college

John Nicholson (Director Emeritus, Newhouse Sports Media Center, Syracuse University)

Making Your Own Breaks – How to find the job you want even if it doesn’t exist

Kate Scott (Sixers TV), Chris Lewis (Bronco Sports Properties)

Diversity in Sports Media -

Ernie Johnson (Turner Sports)

The Real Inside Story - Tips, tricks, and tales from hosting a studio show.

Curry Kirkpatrick (Sports Illustrated), Bob Ryan (Boston Globe), Lesley Visser (Boston Globe, CBS)

A Different World - In our techno-driven 24-hour news cycle, three NSMA Hall of Famers tells us what journalism still matters, and why.





Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington/Capitals

TV/Radio Play by Play Mechanics

Jon Chelesnik, STAA


Fred Cowgill, WLKY-TV

TV Anchoring/Reporting

José Pañeda, Miami Heat Spanish Radio

Radio PxP

Jim Paschke, Milwaukee Bucks TV/Bally Sports Wisconsin


Steve Holman, Atlanta Hawks Radio

Radio PxP

Marc Zumoff, 76ers TV/NBC Sports Philadelphia


Matt Lepay, Wisconsin Badgers Radio Network

Radio PxP

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