Through internships, practicums, part-time employment and freelance work, students have the opportunity to garner professional and student media experience covering or working for major sports organizations, such as Oklahoma State Athletics, the Oklahoma City Thunder, ESPN, Fox Sports, major television networks, and newspapers and online news media within Oklahoma and neighboring states. Most of the state’s major sports media outlets have hired Oklahoma State students fulltime or as interns in recent years, and many high-ranking sport media professionals regularly visit our classrooms to speak to students.
As a nationally-renowned sports venue and a mecca for rabid sports fans, the Oklahoma State University campus is visited regularly by national and regional media to cover major sporting events. Oklahoma State Athletics teams have won 51 NCAA championships, which ranks fourth among all NCAA Division I members and first in the Big 12 Conference. Ten different OSU Athletics teams appeared in the top 10 of national rankings for their respective sports during the 2013-14 academic years, with 15 of its 16 varsity teams qualifying for the postseason. During the 2013-14 academic year, OSU was one of only four NCAA Division I schools to appear in a football bowl game, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and the super-regional round of the NCAA baseball championships.
Networking with industry professionals, faculty, recent graduates and current students is prevalent throughout OSU Sports Media, beginning with many of our prospective majors residing on a Sports Media floor in an OSU dormitory.
The vast majority of Oklahoma State Sports Media majors begin their careers working for on-campus student media, experiences which are usually paramount to successful sports media careers. OSU Sports Media majors account for the vast majority of sports employees at the:
O’Colly: The award winning, independent student newspaper serving as the OSU community. The O’Colly, which is housed in the same building as the School of Media and Strategic Communications, has one of the largest sports staffs of any campus newspaper.
OState.TV: The on-campus, official Oklahoma State University video platform launched in 2012 that regularly broadcasts Oklahoma State sporting events and live-streams a weekly pre-game show before all home football games. OSU Sports Media production classes produce "The Poke Report," an award-winning roundup show on OSU Athletics that airs weekly. OSU Sports Media majors frequently have features and stories published on the station’s news show, “The OState Report,” and one of the OSU Sports Media program’s capstone courses produces a full documentary published on OStateTV each spring.
KXZY Radio: The OSU student-run, cable radio station, which features many OSU Sports Media majors hosting or co-hosting their own sports talk shows. KXZY is housed in the same building as the SMSC and the School finances the radio station, which can be listened to anywhere in the world via the Internet.
Oklahoma State Athletics Communications: OSU Athletics regularly employs student assistants in media relations. For the 2015-16 academic year, all 13 student assistants (2 graduate students, 11 undergraduates) are Oklahoma State Sports Media majors.
Oklahoma State Athletics Marketing and Promotions: OSU Athletics regularly hires students to assist in its marketing and outreach efforts, an increasing number of who are enrolled in the OSU Sports Media program, particularly from the Sports Media/Strategic Communications track.
Orange Power Studios: The in-house video production unit of Oklahoma State Athletics has primarily only hired OSU Sports Media majors as student assistants, with those numbers annually explanding to the current 15-20 Sports Media majors annually interning with Orange Power, where they often work live sporting events.
Here are some examples of some students' previous work and experiences:
Kyle Frederickson's Hearst Journalism award-winning, enterprise O'Colly series on the Johnny Bright Incident: Click Here
Mark Travis' long-form feature on Marcus Smart published on Cowboys Ride for Free and praised by Jay Bilas on-air as great journalism: Click Here
Cody Stavenhagen's 2015 Hearst Journalism award-winning O'Colly article on the tenure of Mike Gundy as Oklahoma State football Coach: Click Here
Countdown to Kickoff (Football Pregame Show)