Shelly Darby started as the managing editor of the Palm Beach Daily News on Aug. 18. She will be working with editor Elizabeth Clarke in helping grow the Daily News’ local reporting in print and digital. Darby will be working directly with Elizabeth as well as production editors and reporters. Previously, Darby had worked at the Detroit Free Press since October 1995, most of those years in sports.
September 28 was Beth Maiman’s first day at Sports Illustrated, after her AWSM internship with MLB.com ended. She will be a news fellow for a year, mainly working on the breaking news team, but also will have the chance to hopefully help out with some projects as well. Erin Flynn, another former AWSM intern, also shares the same fellowship as Maiman at Sports Illustrated.
Ashley Scoby is working as a sportswriter for CBS Detroit, where she covers primarily the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons, as well as some college sports for CBSDetroit.com.
She just finished up an internship with Sports Illustrated in New York City this summer, and is still living out of suitcases because she just jumped from one job to the other. It’s certainly going to keep her busy covering all four major professional teams, but she loves sports so much and — at least in this point in her career — she is glad that she doesn’t have to choose just one. For her, covering four sports keeps everything fresh and — hopefully — keeps the storylines flowing. Scoby just as excited to get to know the great sports city of Detroit as she is for the new job.
Ashley Colley started as a production assistant in ESPN’s Content Associate Program on June 15. In the program, production assistants rotate through different departments at ESPN roughly every 4 months and she is currently in the Content Screening department at ESPN. Her responsibilities are to watch or screen the various programs ESPN offers such as live sporting events, studio shows or pre-produced material. While screening each program, that could air on a variety of ESPN networks both domestically and internationally, it her job to log plays, sales features, promotions and any possible problems with video and/or audio. Colley is also responsible for helping condense certain programs into shorter versions for re-airs, such as cutting a three hour MLB game into one and a half hours.
Elpin Keshishzadeh started working with PRO Sports Communications as a full-time communications coordinator two months into her internship with the company, which she earned through AWSM. She was introduced to both the organization and the internship through her internship coordinator at San Diego State University. With a strong interest in strategic communications and initial plans to move to Los Angeles after graduation, the opportunity was a great fit.
As communication coordinator, Keshishzadeh works with the PRO team to support day-to-day client and business relations for clients such as USA Swimming, The National Volleyball League, Hope Solo and others. Some of these tasks include pitching media, writing content, researching, tracking media highlights, assisting at client events and more.
The advice and guidance she received from AWSM helped Keshishzadeh gain the skills necessary to transition her internship into an extended opportunity. She hopes to continuously grow with the PRO team and return the insight she received to future AWSM interns.
Sarah Scrivens started with ESPN at the end of September as an assistant digital personalization editor. With ESPN, she helps make sure that all the clubhouse pages on ESPN.com and the ESPN app have fresh, quality content that’s up to date. She is working remotely from Portland, Oregon for now, but will likely be visiting Bristol again within the next year.
Three AWSM members will be taking part in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2015-16 Diversity Fellowship program. Jenny Dial Creech, Joey Chandler and Graham Watson have all been tapped for the fifth year of APSE’s program, which “will prepare them to take a substantive leap forward in their careers as part of an overall push toward improving diversity by APSE,” according to APSportsEditors.org. Creech, Chandler, and Watson make up three of the six fellows, a jump from the typical four the program normally accepts.
– Compiled by Mary Clarke