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Journalist Gene Collier to speak to PA Cyber Sports Media and Broadcasting Class

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MIDLAND, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Cyber School’s Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media will host Pittsburgh sports writer and critic Gene Collier as a guest speaker in the school’s sports media and broadcasting class on Thurs., Dec. 9 as part of its inaugural Speaker Series.

A graduate of Penn State with a degree in journalism, Collier has written sports, politics, and media criticism in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for more than 30 years and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

“We're thrilled to continue our parade of outstanding contributors in the Speaker Series with Gene – who is quoted in our class textbook – joining our classroom discussion,” said program director Ellis Cannon.

“Gene's credentials and talents are held in the highest regard and our students look forward to hearing his insight into the traditional and developing platforms of print, television, radio and internet. His path to, and convergence within, each will be a major area of discussion with the students.”

Collier co-wrote “The Chief,” a one-man stage play about legendary Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, which ran for several years in Pittsburgh and was recently turned in to a movie. In addition to his writing, Collier is a popular guest on area radio stations including the WDVE Radio Morning Show, delivering his comical views on Pittsburgh and its sports teams. He is also a successful comic and corporate speaker.

Said Cannon, “We're certain the students will benefit greatly by hearing from Gene directly and while his continuing impact on Pittsburgh sports scene is clear, we will also discuss how Gene has used his talents beyond traditional sports coverage, another valuable point of instruction for the students."

This is the inaugural year of the Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media program, which is believed to be the only one of its type in the nation. Available to both PA Cyber students and students at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, the two-semester program introduces students to the history and current practices of print, radio, television, and online sports journalism, and covers advanced applications of those journalistic platforms.

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