My name is Whitney Dowds. For most of us at some point we realize we will not become professional athletes and I am no exception. But that does not mean sports cannot be an important part of our lives. This realization came to me when I entered high school. I took my passion for watching high school and professional New England sports teams turning that into the idea of becoming a sports journalist.
Every time I would sit down and watch or listen to Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, I would concentrate on the many different styles of broadcasting. I would replay the biggest plays from each game to inspire myself. I attended Franklin Pierce University and graduated with a degree in communications with a journalism concentration in 2016. Three years later, I was given the opportunity to write sports articles for CruelFan, writing over 100 articles. In October, I wrote a reaction piece to the Boston Red Sox’s 12-run outburst in game three of the ALCS against the Houston Astros. Currently, I am finishing my New Media Journalism graduate degree at Full Sail University.
I will be planning to cover adult amateur sports in Eastern Massachusetts. There is a lot of attention that is focused on how professional sports are continuously affected by COVID-19, but I do not see that happen as frequently at the amateur level. Being able to share unique sports stories with my audience will give them a perspective that is not normally seen in the national spotlight, but needs to be told. Readers should expect multimedia projects about players, coaches, and teams from baseball and football leagues across Eastern Massachusetts.
Upcoming feature pieces include a career retrospective story about Bob Halloran’s career as a sports journalist in New England and his predictions about the New England Patriots’ future with Mac Jones at quarterback.