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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Instagram expands its student program

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 27 / 17

Instagram is expanding its student ambassador program to generate more college sports content for the social media platform. Students from 30 of the top college basketball schools were picked to create content for their teams’ Instagram accounts through the regular season. From those 30, a ...

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