Concussion Reporting Workshop U

Bring Concussion Reporting Workshop U to Your School

The Concussion Legacy Foundation Media Project's Concussion Reporting Workshop U is a curriculum for university journalism programs to train the next generation of sports media professionals to report on concussions accurately and with confidence.

If you are interested in bringing Concussion Reporting Workshop U to your school or would like more information, please email Education Content Manager Brandon Boyd at bboyd@concussionfoundation.org with your name and school. 

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What is the Concussion Reporting Workshop?

Syracuse University Concussion Reporting Workshop

Syracuse's Olivia Stomski teaches Workshop U to her students in winter 2019.

Workshop U is a one to 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 or presented virtually. Workshop U is designed so any interested professor could teach it independently in his or her class.

Collaborating Schools

Pilot schools:

  • Boston University's College of Communication
  • Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism
  • Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Other partner schools:

  • Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Baldwin Wallace's Sports Management Major
  • Boston College's Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
  • Clemson University's College of Communication
  • Full Sail University's Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting
  • Indiana University's Media School
  • Marist College's Center for Sports Communication
  • The Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia
  • New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport
  • St. Mary's University Twickenham's Sports Journalism program
  • University of Arkansas' School of Journalism and Strategic Media
  • University of Maryland's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
  • University of South Florida's Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications
  • University of Washington's Department of Communication
  • West Virginia University's Reed College of Media

Testimonials

"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, Student, Boston University College of Communication 

"It was a worthy endeavor. It provided a results-oriented and positive learning experience for attendees."
-Mark Condron, Professor, Full Sail University's Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting

Assessing Student Learning Via 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.

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