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Sports Communications: You Make the Call

October 04, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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University of Dayton Kennedy Union Room 222
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469

Instead of a sidebar to the news, today sport is news, according to Dr. Terry Rentner, a professor of journalism and public relations in Bowling Green State University’s School of Media and Communication. The sports world has become a microcosm of the issues facing society, from ethics to gender to health, race and social media.

Rentner and co-editor Dr. David Burns of Salisbury University have stepped in to fill the academic void in sports communications studies with “Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call,” recently published by Routledge. The book looks at complex topics from various perspectives including that of the front office, players and media and helps readers critically evaluate each case’s communications strategies, challenges and outcomes.

Rentner, BGSU’s 2019 Master Teacher, helped launch the NFL Journalism and Communication Boot Camp for current and former NFL Players.  Dr. David P. Burns is a professor in Salisbury University’s Communication Department where he teaches multimedia journalism courses like sport communication, advanced multimedia reporting, media law and international media systems. Burns has worked for CNN and NBC News. 

Join us on October 4 for a robust discussion on how sport in society and what communicators need to know.

Speakers: Terry Renter and David Burns

About Terry Renter
Dr. Terry L. Rentner, Professor, is a faculty member in the BGSU journalism and public relations program in the School of Media and Communication. She teaches public relations, crisis communication, and sport communication courses at the undergraduate level and courses in public relations research & practice, advertising research & practice, pedagogy and health communication at the graduate level.  She served for 20 years as advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America, chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, and director of the School of Media and Communication at BGSU. She has been named this year’s BGSU Master Teacher, the most prestigious teaching award at the University.

Dr. Rentner is co-founder of the Richard Maxwell project, created to foster student participation in sport media and communication activities and events. She is the academic faculty coordinator for the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp that brings current and recently retired pro football players to campus each spring for training in broadcast journalism.

Dr. Rentner is a nationally and internationally recognized health communication scholar.  Her work as a principal or co-investigator in college student health has led to over 20 state and federal grants totaling approximately $1.5 million. Her primary research focuses on college student health, international health communication, and sport communication, while her secondary research explores issue in public relations teaching. She has received several state and national awards for her health communication campaigns, including one from the U.S. Department of Education that named the university’s peer-focused alcohol reduction program as one of eight top programs in the country. She has published more than 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has presented over 50 conference papers. 

Her most recent work is the one of she is most proud:
Rentner, T.L. & Burns, D. (Eds.). (2019). Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call. Routledge, New York, NY.

About David Burns
Dr. David P. Burns is a professor in Salisbury University’s Communication Department where he teaches multimedia journalism courses like sport communication, advanced multimedia reporting, media law and international media systems. Burns has worked for CNN and NBC News, in both permanent and freelance capacities, as a videotape editor and field camera operator in the United States and abroad. While living outside the US, he worked as a technology correspondent for the IDG Wire Service and for a Polish business and finance weekly newspaper.  He has taught digital content courses to students, and journalism workshops to working media professionals, in Afghanistan, Jordan, Poland, Russia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

His co-edited textbook entitled, Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call (released in September 2018 by Routledge) contains two chapters of his work. The first on the Washington Redskins’ name controversy and the other on women’s pay inequity in professional sport. He was recently named a senior research fellow for UNESCO’s Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue at the University of Oregon.

Burns is a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists Maryland Professional Chapter and a current officer on the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association’s Board of Directors. Besides sport journalism, his is research interests involve the media-politics linkage and international journalism. His doctoral dissertation examined the role of the Catholic Church in the development of the Polish media landscape during the country’s transition from communism to capitalism and was based on his experiences as a journalist living in the Poland in the early 1990s.


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