The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to announce Joan Niesen and Chevonne Mansfield as the recipients of the Fall 2015 Mid-Career Grant. AWSM takes pride in supporting and nurturing the career paths and goals of our members, and the grant enables current AWSM professional members to stay at the forefront of the ever-changing media landscape.
Niesen is a staff writer at Sports Illustrated, covering a variety of platforms including the magazine, SI.com and Campus Rush. She hopes to add TV work to her resume in the future and will use her grant to pay for voice lessons.
“I’m honored to have received the Mid-Career Training Grant, and it’ll be so helpful as I continue to try to grow and expand my skill set,” Niesen said. “Although I’m a writer first and foremost, I’m trying to refine and improve my on-air presence to add television work as a supplement to my primary job, and to do that, I’ve been taking and will continue to take voice lessons. (I may naturally be the fastest talker in media.) The grant money will be a great way to cover the cost of those lessons, which have already improved my on-camera speaking and presence.”
Mansfield is the director of communications for the American Athletic Conference and plans to use her grant to enroll in the Poynter-Cronkite adjunct teaching certificate program offered through Arizona State.
“It is an exciting time to be involved with AWSM and I am so happy to be selected for this tremendous opportunity,” Mansfield said. “Winning the Mid-Career Training Grant will help me achieve one of my long term career goals of becoming a college professor. I greatly admire AWSM members like Lori Shontz, Vicki Michaelis and countless other professionals that have moved on to fruitful teaching careers after long-term success in the industry. Thanks to the Mid-Career Training Grant, I will be able to participate in the Poynter-Cronkite adjunct teaching certificate program offered through Arizona State (ASU). Candidates earn a certificate of proficiency from The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU upon completion of the program. The certificate, combined with my experience, will set me on the right career path to full-time teaching, and I am incredibly grateful to AWSM for the opportunity.”
The Mid-Career Training Grant program offers up to a $1,000 grant for eligible professional members twice per year. Stay tuned for details on the next application period.
All grant inquiries can be directed to Kelly Burke, VP of Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org