WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Office of Alumni Relations
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
class note to:
After graduating with a degree in Sport Management,
you started at ESPN as an associate producer for social
media on SportsCenter. What was your role, and how
did you tackle challenges in that role?
Working at ESPN had always been a dream of mine, and it
still blows my mind that I’ve been there for over two years
working with SportsCenter. My journey to securing a job
at the worldwide leader can be summed up in three words:
perseverance pays off. My team and I work to produce
creative content to post across all of the SportsCenter
social media platforms. We also work closely with some
of the shows to ensure the on-air talent is represented
across our platforms. I meet the challenges I face with the
same spirit that got me here in the first place: continuance,
perseverance, and determination. I remind myself that I’ve
made it this far and can only continue to grow and learn
from this point forward.
You recently started a new job within the greater ESPN
company. What does this job entail and how much of a
change has it been for you?
This job entails mainly editing and news judgment. We
work with our various reporters to determine what stories are newsworthy enough to be posted digitally on
our site. The job requires a keen eye, attention to detail,
and ability to work in a fast-paced environment, which
I was used to after working in the social space. The job
has been different in the sense that I’m able to mainly
focus on one task on a daily basis: editing stories and
making them digitally accessible. This gives me a chance
to hone my skills and grow in another area that will
help me further my career.
What is it like to work for a sports media giant like
It still amazes me how many different groups and
departments there are at ESPN. You meet different
people who can teach about their area of the company,
and if it’s something you think you might want to try, that
opportunity is always there. In fact, a lot of the people
I cross paths with at ESPN have been involved in many
different areas of the company.
How did the University give you the tools to excel
in your career?
Looking back on my college experience, Western New
England helped me to mature and grow into the person
and young professional I am today. From the Career
Development Center, to my basketball coaches, to the
Sport Management professors, I was set up to succeed
from the moment I walked on campus. All of the tools are
there for you; it’s just a matter of utilizing them. I’m
fulfilling a dream of mine, and it all started with the
foundation I built at the University.
Emily Savino ’ 13
Universal News Group (ESPN)