Beyond the Box Score

Medill’s Beyond the Box Score lecture series was established in 2011 and is an annual event that features discussions about the world of sports and sports journalism. Previous lectures have touched on topics ranging from the coverage of college athletics to race in sports and sports journalism.

Past panelists include distinguished notable sports journalists such as George Dohrmann, LZ Granderson, Jeremy Schaap, Kevin Blackistone, Stewart Mandel, Doug Collins and more.

The series is co-sponsored by Medill and Northwestern Athletics.


The Female Voice in Sports Media

The advantages and disadvantages women face in the media, the perceptions they must overcome and the state of sports journalism today were just some of the topics addressed by the panelists.

An Evening with Doug and Chris Collins

Former NBA coach and current basketball analyst Doug Collins and his son, NU's men's basketball coach Chris Collins, discussed how their love of basketball shaped their lives and relationship.

Storytelling in Sports

The panelists discussed the evolution of storytelling in the sports realm, particularly with the rise of longform stories and investigative journalism in sports.

Covering College Sports

The panelists discussed paying student-athletes, booster scandals, conference realignment, social media, and how college athletics coverage will continue to evolve.

Race in Sports Journalism

Five generations of Medill alumni kicked off the Beyond the Box Score lecture series as they discussed the role that race plays in sports and sports journalism.