How much can one person accomplish in a decade of professional activity? Well, with a Baylor University education and Bess Whitehead Scott Journalism Scholarship, a lot. Since graduating in 2001, I have taken my degree to places far and wide in the world of sports. From Houston to Birmingham and countless cities in between, I’ve met such interesting people!
Imagine a journalism major working at the highest level of college athletics as a sport administrator for the Southeastern Conference (SEC). More than that, picture her talking to reporters from USA Today to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution to CBSSportsline.com about the National Letter of Intent (i.e., the document high school players sign when they commit to play sports in college) as the program’s director.
My career in sports did not begin with these two unconventional positions. Ten years ago, I was Director of Media Relations for the Southland Conference after spending a summer interning in media relations for the Houston Astros, both noble pursuits for a wannabe sportscaster. But now and with full disclosure, I admit sports journalism is no longer the goal. Today, my aim is survival in an intense, multi-billion dollar industry.
Of course, the last 10 years would not have been possible without Baylor and Bess. The two laid a foundation that crosses nearly all professional lines. And, who would know better than I, the journalism major with a telecommunication minor who now spends her days talking to coaches instead of reporters and planning championship events instead of story angles?
—Torie Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org