The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) officially welcomes its first Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) chapter, a professional organization that supports the advancement and growth of student and professional women in sports media.
Senior Beth Maiman was exposed to AWSM through her internship and scholarship program and enlisted the help of SOJC instructor Lori Shontz to establish a UO chapter. Shontz also helped create the AWSM chapter at Pennsylvania State University.
“Lori’s enthusiasm and willingness to help students was key to AWSM starting,” says Maiman. “Sports is huge at UO and there are many women that are interested in a career in sports media specially with the latest MUGA Construction ocurring, so it wasn’t hard to find passionate students who wanted to be a part of AWSM.”
This year, the AWSM’s primary goals include increasing membership, hosting guest speakers and attending the national convention in Denver in May 2015.
“One of our plans is to make sure that AWSM will be a group on campus for years to come,” explains Maiman. “We have a lot of juniors and seniors involved, and we want to make sure that when we graduate, AWSM is going to continue to thrive.”
As an advocacy group for women who work in sports writing, editing, broadcast and production, and public and media relations, professional members of AWSM seek to provide mentorship to collegiate members – a responsibility to the next generation.