Application period open for 2019 AWSM Champions class

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The Association for Women in Sports Media is accepting applications for its 2019 AWSM Champions class. Women who are selected for the program will be paired with a sports media veteran in the appropriate field for one year and partake in regular sessions featuring industry veterans.

All professional female AWSM members employed in sports media are eligible for AWSM Champions. Apply by April 15:

Upon completion of the one-year program, mentees receive a complimentary one-year extension of their AWSM membership and assistance to attend AWSM’s 2019 conference, set for June 13-15 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Florida. AWSM thanks the Ann Liguori Foundation, which was announced earlier this year as the inaugural benefactor of the program.

Speakers for the 2018 AWSM Champions class included Liguori, a longtime radio broadcaster who also hosts, produces and owns her own cable TV program; AWSM co-founder and former New York Times and ESPN senior editor Kristin Huckshorn; University of Georgia sports media program director and former USA Today Olympics reporter Vicki Michaelis and Fox Sports broadcaster and Galvanize co-founder Laura Okmin.

Members of the 2018 program were Houston Chronicle digital producer Alexandria Alejandro, Denali Media broadcaster Rontina DeGraffenreid, Dallas Morning News digital producer Jori Epstein and NBC Sports Boston social media producer Kwani Lunis. The 2018 class will be recognized at AWSM’s June conference at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale in Arizona.

“The opportunity to ask experienced women in the industry how they solved challenges I encountered was immediately of value,” Epstein said. “Then to cover games beside my mentor and see her tact, professionalism and wit in action?! I learned quickly what reporting skills and products I can strive for as a female sports journalist.”

Thanks to 2018 program mentors Lindsay Jones (USA Today), Amy Lawrence (CBS Sports) and Kate Leonard (ESPN) and Iliana Limón Romero (Orlando Sentinel) – who will transition from mentor to program coordinator.

“I signed up for the program with the hope I might be able to help other female sports journalists working to move up in the industry,” Limón Romero said. “I ultimately got so much more out of the experience, learning from the journalist I mentored and cheering after she landed a new job. I also gained great insight from the talented guest speakers.”

Members of the 2019 AWSM Champions class will be announced in May. Questions:

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