Citius Mag x Hayward Magic Announce Magic Boost Class of `21
Citius Mag and Hayward Magic are proud to announce their first collaboration — a summer-long experience for 16 aspiring track & field storytellers representing all platforms of new media. Over the course of eight Zoom sessions, the Magic Boost Class of `21 will be exposed to the wisdom and experience of numerous in-the-field experts as they explore topics like the Concept of Story, Navigating the Freelance Space, Improving Interviews, and Helping Athletes Amplify Their Voice. The capstone for this year’s class will be an in-person gathering at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2021 Nike Prefontaine Classic.
Each of the nine men and seven women that comprise the inaugural Magic Boost class are already active in the track & field storytelling space, while many of them are also very active on the track or in the field.
Ben Crawford publishes New Generation Track and Field, an honest-to-goodness print magazine.
Hannah Borenstein is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University with a special interest in women athletes from Ethiopia.
Katherine Burgess is a graphic designer who is combining her professional training with a passion for working on campaigns that draw attention to the barriers women athletes face in gaining sports media coverage.
Dana Giordano is a US Olympic Trials qualifier and the host of a lively podcast called More Than Running with Dana Giordano.
Elizabeth Hernandez ran Division II Cross Country and Track at Cal Poly Pomona, where she was also editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. Now in graduate school at DePaul University, Elizabeth is a graduate assistant coach while she studies sports journalism.
Nikki Merrill runs and writes for Villanova University while posting her thoughts on running on her eponymous website.
Matthew Parker is a life-long sprinter turned coach with a YouTube channel — MJPTV — created specifically to shine the light on track and field, with the intent of elevating the sport to mainstream status.
Aaron Potts is the older of the two brothers who power the 2 Black Runners Podcast.
Joshua Potts and his brother Aaron are very intentional in “producing content for and by the culture.”
Dominique Smith is a sports journalist from central Florida whose goal is to impact lives through the art of track & field storytelling.
Ben Weingart is a photographer making work at the intersection of art + athletics with an interest in humanizing track & field, making it more accessible.
Tiara Williams is a former Division I heptathlete who started Real Talk to gain experience toward her career goal of becoming a sports broadcaster.
Matt Wisner is the editor of New Generation Track and Field magazine and has one more season of cross-country eligibility at the University of Oregon. He knows all about Hayward Magic.
KaDeem Wynn is a freelance photographer and videographer with a life-long interest in being a storyteller, rather than having his own story told.
Johnny Zhang found both running and photography a little later in life, and the combination has been a winning one ever since.
Emma Zimmerman hosts the Social Sport Podcast, which explores the connection between endurance sport and social change.