Sports journalists stereotype athletes by race -- and we do too

As Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Pat Ferrucci focuses on media sociology — specifically, how economics and technology influence digital news. He was a journalist for nine years, covering pop culture, primarily music, for newspapers, magazines, and online publications in the Northeast. His work is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, NPR, Slate, and ESPN the Magazine. He collects vinyl and CDs, and will root for any Boston sports team; yes, even soccer.


The way Andrew Stanton discusses the intricacies of storytelling can be applied to basically anything. He talks about it with so much passion. It’s great. I show it to reporting classes.

What sparks your curiosity?

Basically everything. What goes on around us, and why it goes on, is amazingly interesting.

What is the most uncommon experience, practice, belief, viewpoint, or habit that you have, and how has that shaped you as a person?

I worked as a journalist for nine years, which is an isolating and autonomous experience, one I very much enjoyed. As much as I like storytelling, though, I’ve never considered myself adept at public speaking. Yet here I am accepting an invitation to give a TEDx Talk. Go figure.

Hobbies / Passions / Fun Facts

I hoard vinyl and CDs. Yes, those things in jewel cases. Yes, I’ve heard of MP3s. My favorite day features a movie marathon, breaking only for coffee and beer. I have an unhealthy love for all Boston sports teams. Except the soccer ones.