2023 Full Court Press


"Full Court Press," the 22nd annual U.S. Basketball Writers Association sports writing seminar and scholarship competition, will take place on Friday, March 31 on site at the Men's Final Four in Houston with a series of exclusive experiences for undergraduate and graduate college students with an interest in sports journalism.

The program will begin with a panel discussion in Breakout Room 1 of NRG Stadium from 8:45 to 10 a.m. CDT. Panelists will be announced shortly.

The panelists are Chuck Culpepper from the Washington Post, Pat Forde from Sports Illustrated and The Athletic's Dana O'Neil.

The free event provides students with an opportunity to cover the NCAA Final Four the day of the national semifinals. There will be exclusive access to the coaches and at least one player from each participating team.

Students can enter a competition for scholarships up to $1,500 in honor of the late Larry Donald, the only two-time USBWA president and the founding editor of Basketball Times.

The panel discussion will involve leading reporters in the industry. The panelists will discuss topics such as the influence of social media, the state of the job market, navigational skills in a 24/7 digital era and survival tactics to deal with increasingly challenging deadlines.

The free seminar is organized by the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI and will be moderated by its director, USBWA executive director Malcolm Moran.

There is limited space available, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. A wait list will be created when available spots are taken.

If you have any questions about registration or the event itself, please feel free to contact us.