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Bobby Marks, NBA Front Office Insider for Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, headlines a panel of accomplished sports journalists at the biennial Dick Joyce Sports Symposium on Tuesday, April 11, at St. Bonaventure University.
Marks will take part in a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. in the Rigas Theater of the Quick Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
Joining Marks on the panel will be several accomplished sports writers who attended SBU: Mike Vaccaro, ’89, of the New York Post, Donna Ditota, ’83, of the Syracuse Post-Standard, Tim Bontemps, ’07, of the Washington Post, and Adrian Wojnarowski, ’91, founder of The Vertical, who will moderate the talk.
The subject of the discussion will be “Facts Matter – A Look at the State of the Modern Sports Media.”
Marks, a 1995 graduate of Marist, had previously spent 20 years working in the NBA, the last five as assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Nets.
On Monday, April 10, Ditota will be honored at a campus dinner with the John Domino Award.
Ditota, a native of Syracuse, has worked as a sports writer in her hometown for 31 years, most of them covering college basketball as a beat writer of the Syracuse basketball program.
She started at The Herald-Journal and, when the two daily newspapers merged, moved to The Post-Standard. The news property, owned by the Newhouse family, eventually started publishing The Post-Standard three days a week, its focus shifting to the online Syracuse.com and Advance Publications.
Ditota graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1983 and took a job that summer as a business reporter, covering various topics and industries. She came to St. Bonaventure on a basketball scholarship, played four seasons for the Bonnies, and worked as a sports writer on the Bona Venture, becoming sports editor her senior year.
She forged some of her closest, most enduring friendships with her Bonnies’ teammates. She was hired as a sports writer, covering regional sports at The Herald-Journal in 1986, then moved to the Syracuse basketball beat a year later. For a few years, she taught a graduate-level sports writing class at Syracuse University.
Domino graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1984 and helped usher in the video era while an undergraduate, successfully lobbying the administration to acquire a truckload of professional video equipment being sold by a local school district.
Domino worked for NBC Sports before joining ESPN. He was regarded as one of the growing sports network’s best and brightest personalities when he left to return to the Buffalo area and join the Empire Sports Network. He told friends he was coming back because someone in the family was battling cancer.
Domino was that someone; he died in 1994. The Jandoli School of Communication celebrates his courage, skills and humanity by presenting the John Domino Award to a St. Bonaventure graduate who has excelled in his or her sports journalism position.
Held every other year, the Joyce Symposium honors the memory of Dick Joyce, SBU class of 1960, a former sports writer for The Associated Press who died in 1988.
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