My ENGL 851 (Professional Communication) class portfolio highlights a professional communicator project paper outlining commonalities within the sports information and marketing & promotions positions in collegiate athletics designed to shape my personal and professional interests in a potential career in collegiate athletics.
The ENGL 851 class was a class that I took as a non-degree student in the M.A. Professional Communication program at Clemson University in the Fall of 2008. At the time, I was interested in becoming a professional communicator in the collegiate athletics sector and wanted to look into creating a Sport Business & Communication specialization in the event that I became a student in the graduate program. However, I was not 100% sure if the program was the right one for me to achieve my professional aspirations.
The professional communicator project allowed me the opportunity to learn more about the administrative side of collegiate athletics. I interviewed three collegiate athletics professionals: the Sports Information Director at Clemson University, the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at USC-Upstate, and the Director of Marketing & Promotions at USC-Upstate. During my interviews, I found a direct correlation between the experiences of each collegiate athletics professional in terms of career guidance, daily job responsibilities, and daily job issues. I also learned about how the use of media would affect the future of collegiate athletics.
I truly enjoyed the entire project. However, I realized that the program nor the collegiate athletics sector was the right direction for me after the completion of the class.
Here is the Professional Communicator Project in its entirety, complete with the transcripts of each interview.
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