The Concussion Legacy Foundation Media Project's Concussion Reporting Workshop is a curriculum for university journalism programs to train the next generation of sports media professionals to report on concussions accurately and with confidence.
What is the Concussion Reporting Workshop?
The Workshop is a three-hour, stand-alone curriculum that covers:
- Why good concussion reporting matters.
- How the media has helped change the concussion culture over the last decade.
- How changing the concussion culture will help protect athletes’ health.
- Our 22 core lessons on accurate and responsible concussion reporting.
- Video examples of concussion coverage for students to practice with.
We provide pre-work, a tutorial video, the Workshop slide deck, and in-class handouts to our partner schools.
Staffing and budgetary limitations prevent us from travelling to present the Workshop each time it's taught unless travel costs are covered by the school. The Workshop is designed so any interested professor could teach it independently in his or her class.
"The great thing is, they've established a template. So we can be consistent, we can be accurate, we can be informative, and this should be something that will be a staple of my sports reporting classes and commentary classes."
-J.A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism
"It was an excellent presentation. The speakers were great, the pace was great, the examples were great, and I loved how interactive it was. Very informative, very interesting, very helpful."
-Susannah Sudborough, Boston University College of Communication student
Assessing student learning through Qstream
We partnered with Qstream, an interactive spaced-learning platform with a proven track record in improving performance in the healthcare and sales industries, to develop a set of questions to test concussion reporting knowledge. Students at collaborating schools take a CLF-provided and Qstream-developed challenge to test their knowledge on the basics of concussion, how to properly describe concussions, what should happen during in-game concussion evaluations, and what to expect after a concussion is diagnosed. Students are given the challenge before and after the Concussion Reporting Workshop to assess the growth in their concussion reporting fluency. In our first year, students at our partner schools grew their concussion reporting fluency by an average of 44% from pre to post-test.
|Boston University||Northwestern University||Syracuse University|
Other partner schools
|Arizona State University||Boston College||Bowling Green State University|
|Full Sail University||University of Missouri||New York University|
|West Virginia University|
If you are interested in bringing the Concussion Reporting Workshop to your school or would like more information, please email Media Project Coordinator Brandon Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and school.