Event: ESPNW Writer & Columnist Kate Fagan Discusses Split Image


On Tuesday, May 17th, ESPNW writer and columnist Kate Fagan came to the University of Oregon to discuss her story Split Image. The hour-long event in the Jaqua auditorium was free and open to the public to discuss the story of Madison Holleran, who was a runner for Penn State and committed suicide in 2014.

Though the event was focused on Fagan, she asked the audience feedback about the way she wrote and reported Holleran’s story. The audience had multiple questions about reporting on mental illness along with her stylistic choices included in her story.

Fagan also spent time with the UO AWSM board earlier that day to give advice about the time she has spent as a writer and on camera. The entire board had the opportunity to ask her one-on-one questions and discuss other components of Kate’s work.

Our own Vice President, Gabby Urenda, also scored a one-on-one opportunity to interview Fagan for DuckTV Sports. The full interview is available on Youtube and discusses Fagan’s memoir about her experience in college coming out as a Lesbian in a team led by born-again Christians.

UO AWSM would have also not had this great opportunity without the sponsorship from Oregon Athletics, the Women’s Center and the School of Journalism and Communication sponsoring her event and stay.

Make sure to look out future events put on by UO AWSM and other great sponsors for the next school year!

UO AWSM Partners with Women In Flight


By: Linden Moore

The Oregon chapter of The Association for Women in Sports Media and the University of Oregon’s Women in Flight program have come together to promote opportunity for women’s athletics. The two programs partnered at the Ducks’ softball game on Friday, April 29 to promote their programs as well as give out Women in Flight posters to fans.

Women in Flight, an initiative run by Oregon Athletics helps support the Oregon’s eleven female Division I sports programs by extending funding and resources for female athletes to prosper both as students and as athletes.

On the other side is the Association for Women in Sports Media, an organization to help promote women’s involvement in sports through a media perspective has grown on campus to give women more opportunities to write and interact with sports on campus by hosting workshops speakers from the sports journalism field.

Given their missions, the partnership is ideal. Both programs aim to raise awareness for women involvement in the sports industry, for both athletes and writers while emphasizing leadership skills. While both are still growing they are looking forward to continuing to support one another as both move towards creating opportunities for women on campus.