Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication announced last Monday, October 6th that they will be naming the school’s new Sports Media Center after Claire Smith, a pioneer who set the standard for women in the sports media field.
Smith graduated from Klein in 1979 and has come full circle back to the college with the honor of this new center. She was the first women to be recognized with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Students will have the chance to follow in her footsteps and achieve greatness through a whole new understanding of both the knowledge and the culture, theory, and history of the sports media field.
Temple intends for the new addition to be a world-class academic center focused on the teaching, training, and research of sports journalism and related fields. Offering the only Sports Media Certificate of its kind for undergraduates, the center will only broaden the opportunities for participating students. In addition to these critical professional aspects, the center will focus on multiculturalism and breaking down racial and gender barriers in the sports media industry. The facility will be built on a foundation of Smith’s values: ethics, excellence, and integrity.
Learn more here and view the video below for a more comprehensive background on Smith and Temple’s vision for the center.