ESPN The Magazine is on a college campus. Or at least that’s what it feels like to Chase Howell.
For starters, more than a dozen buildings comprise the ESPN “campus,” housing both the television station and magazine. Each Monday, magazine editors meet after work to play a game of pick-up basketball. Recently, the magazine had a dodgeball tournament in celebration of its one-year anniversary in Bristol, Conn.
And Howell, a self-proclaimed sports aficionado from West Harrison, Ind., is loving every minute.
“I never thought about journalism until my senior year of high school,” says Howell, a rising senior at Franklin College in Indiana. “But I liked writing, and I liked sports, so I decided sports journalism was definitely going to be my path.”
He has taken that passion and run with it, never once looking back. In fact, upon entering college, Howell, a news editorial journalism major, told his adviser that before graduating, he would write for ESPN The Magazine or Sports Illustrated.
Sure enough, Howell has achieved that dream and more. During his internship at ESPN The Magazine, he has researched a wide variety of topics, ranging from college football to mixed martial arts. He recently wrote his first piece for ESPN.com on baseball rookie Bryce Harper, which attracted the attention of other sports journalists.
Upon returning to Franklin College, Howell will assume a position as a sports intern at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although he’s unsure of whether he wants to do magazine or newspaper writing, one thing is for sure: Journalism is his passion.
“I’m still kind of finding my way,” he says. “I like the visual graphic side of magazines. You can do a lot more art and photography-wise and express yourself in different ways than you would in a print newspaper. There may be more need for content as a sports writer in the newspaper business, but I’m definitely testing the waters in both businesses.”
—Taylor Lewis, ESSENCE Magazine, University of Kansas