Communication and Sports Journalism Graduate Testimonials
The Communications/Sports Journalism program at Springfield College is a great way to get some of the top media internships and jobs available. But, what sets the program apart from others is how well-prepared students become for those positions.
In my four years in the program, I completed three internships at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., the Manchester Journal-Inquirer in Manchester, Conn., and The Hartford Courant in Hartford, Conn.
Because of my training and coursework at Springfield College, I felt very well-prepared to perform all sorts of tasks at those newspapers, tasks ranging from covering Little League games to writing front-page features on high-profile Division I basketball coaches. That preparedness and training led to my being hired by The Hartford Courant during my senior year.
The program also trains its students to be versatile, a valuable asset in today’s changing media. Such versatility recently helped me in getting hired by abc40/FOX 6, a television station in Springfield, where I plan news content and write for the Web site.
In this business, it’s all about being one step ahead of the competition. Springfield College’s Communications/Sports Journalism program will put you two steps ahead.
Nick Carboni ('08) is a sports reporter for the Hartford Courant and an assignment editor/web reporter for ABC 40/FOX 6 in Springfield.
The Communications/Sports Journalism program at Springfield College provided me with more than the necessary skills to become a sports writer; it instilled a deeply rooted set of values and respect for the journalistic process—something not often seen in the mainstream media today. Sports were always a huge part of my life, and Springfield College and its student-produced newspaper, aptly named The Student, allowed me to combine two loves—athletics and the art of storytelling.
My own experience at the College, including New Student Orientation, Leadership Training Conference, and intramural athletics in addition to The Student, profoundly shaped how I look at and write about the world. Without a willingness to try new things, I would never have allowed myself to step inside the fascinating world of small-town short-track auto racing. Without a sense of the history of sport and of my profession, I would not appreciate the opportunities to cover Venus Williams and the U.S. women's tennis team in the 2007 Fed Cup, or the Vermont Frost Heaves, a Premier Basketball League team owned by Sports Illustrated senior basketball writer Alexander Wolff. Without an understanding of journalistic ethics, I would crumble the moment an athlete I cover every weekend is arrested.
The COSJ program not only gave me the nuts-and-bolts of the media world, it gave me the experience and the subsequent confidence to build a career I truly love.
Anna Grearson ('06) is the assistant sports editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus in Barre, Vt.
I came to Springfield College in the fall of 2000 knowing only that I would play volleyball and not much else about my future. An English class here, and a brush with Marty Dobrow there, and all of a sudden, I found myself smack in the middle of the COSJ major - who knew?
Throughout my time in the program, I experienced a lot more than I thought I would - from sitting on media row during a UMass game, to trolling the Springfield Falcons' locker-room looking for a story, and even taking my studies abroad to the great land down under. I wasn't sitting in a classroom writing 10-page paper after 20-page paper - I was living my future career, day to day, as part of my curriculum.
Now, I can't say that there isn't a fair deal of writing involved - a second major in English made that a certainty for me. What I did learn, though, is why I was digging for certain facts, where I should focus my efforts and what would come out of it. The one-on-one time I had with my advisor, Marty Dobrow, and my professors alike, provided me not only with hands-on experience, but the confidence to pursue a career in Sports Journalism.
And that's exactly what I did. Less than a year after I graduated from Springfield, I find myself at the "Sports Mecca" of America - yes, the Worldwide Leader in Sports - ESPN. Starting from the bottom rung in radio, I was able to experience everything on the Network as a "utility player" if you will – at Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Dan Patrick, SportsCenter, etc. I now associate produce Football Tonight and College GameDay. My proudest project right now though, is solo-producing Countdown to Kickoff on ESPN Radio with Michael Smith.
I've been extremely lucky to get my foot in the door here, and excel based on my education and experience. I'll be entering my fourth year with the company next year, and I only see bigger and better things in the future. And if there's one thing I know - had I never signed up for that sports journalism class just to try it out, I would never have landed in the dream job I have today.
Jessamyn McIntyre, ’04, is an associate producer for ESPN Radio Network.
Ironically, considering my career as a writer, my tenure in the Communications/Sports Journalism department cannot be put into words; the skills I learned and guidance that I received came from actual experiences, friendships and actions that can’t be described in voice or print. But I can try…
My personal journey through COSJ began with a pen, a few interesting ideas, and a goofy handheld notepad. But from there, I hung on tight. Any signs of hesitation or restraint: gone. Guidance, confidence, anticipation: as clear as ever. Before I knew it, I was dashing towards the career many dream of, but few have the inspiration, support, or resources to obtain.
That’s where Springfield College came in, and that’s when I found my calling.
The COSJ major didn’t slowly place me into the field; I was the field. Calling it “hands-on training” doesn’t do the program justice. My hands weren’t just on the training, they were in, around and engulfed by it. From the Springfield Student newspaper, to student workshops, to the abundance of internships and connections in events and outlets near and far, the possibility to succeed in the world of media was everywhere.
The foundation of this cozy group isn’t simply a mixture of experienced professors and eager students, but an assembly of passionate professionals with the spirit and determination to push and be pushed. Paths aren’t paved into the world of journalism at Springfield; they’re smashed, shattered, and shredded apart. Each journey is a personal branch of new ideas, new initiatives, and grander schemes—all of which depend on the fortitude of those who want it.
Shortly after Day One, the power of ink, airwaves, and keys was never more alive. The more it became a part of me— I wanted to become more and more a part of it. The hunger to thrive in the world of journalism is like none other at Springfield College. For those willing to accept a similar quest: enter with full stomach, an imaginative mind and, a goofy handheld notepad.
John Beattie ('05) is a production assistant with New England Sports Network (NESN).
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On Campus Media
Springfield College Assistant Professor of Communications Jody Santos recently took her students on a documentary shoot in New York City, where they got to participate in a real-world production. Professor Santos is a producer/director for the public television series "Visionaries," which is hosted by Law & Order's Sam Waterson.
At right, communications/sports journalism senior Ralph Garcea with Sam Waterson.