Journalism student on the World Series roster

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Senior Anthony Gulizia is a member of The Boston Globe’s coverage staff for the World Series, which began Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

When the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Car­di­nals faced off in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, North­eastern stu­dent Anthony Gulizia was there—though not as an anx­ious spec­tator. Instead, the senior jour­nalism major was wrap­ping up a busy day of writing and reporting as a member of The Boston Globe’s cov­erage staff.

Gulizia is also sched­uled to cover Game 2 on Thursday night as well as Games 6 and 7 if the series returns to Boston fol­lowing Games 3, 4, and 5 in St. Louis. “I’m very excited,” he said in an inter­view prior to Game 1. “It’s an incred­ible opportunity.”

For his Game 1 cov­erage, Gulizia wrote a piece about how Red Sox fans pre­pared for Wednesday’s cold weather at Fenway and St. Louis Car­di­nals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright’s strug­gles in his team’s 8–1 loss to the Sox on Wednesday night.

Gulizia, a Revere, Mass., native, first started writing for the Globe while on co-op in Jan­uary 2011, when he cov­ered high school bas­ket­ball and base­ball. After com­pleting his co-op, he con­tinued working for the Globe as a high school foot­ball cor­re­spon­dent that fall.

The fol­lowing spring, Gulizia began his second co-op as a web con­tent intern in the Boston Bruins’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions office, where he wrote sev­eral arti­cles a day for the team’s web­site. The oppor­tu­nity to expand his writing expe­ri­ence to pro­fes­sional sports and cover pro ath­letes, Gulizia said, opened the doors to more oppor­tu­ni­ties at the Globe after his co-op con­cluded. In addi­tion to high school sports, the Globe has since tabbed him to attend New Eng­land Patriots prac­tices and write about the Bruins and Red Sox.

Throughout Major League Baseball’s post­season this fall, Gulizia has written a variety of Red Sox-related side­bars and fea­tures for the Globe, including sto­ries on starting pitcher Jon Lester’s strong outing in Game 1 of the ALCS despite the loss, the fans’ inter­ac­tion with Fenway’s cher­ished Pesky Pole in right field, and stilt walker Brian Dwyer who per­forms out­side the park before home games.

“The Globe really beefs up its cov­erage during the play­offs,” said Gulizia, who tweets during the Sox play­offs games. “We’re out there cov­ering every angle of it that we can.”

Gulizia attrib­utes his growth as a sports reporter to Northeastern’s jour­nalism pro­gram and his experiential-learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, which include a one-year stint as sports editor for The Hunt­ington News. His pro­fes­sors bring a wealth of industry expe­ri­ence to the class­room, he said, while the university’s co-op pro­gram has allowed him to “get out there and do it” himself.

Overall, his sports jour­nalism assign­ments have taught him a valu­able lesson: how to write quickly on dead­line. This skill has only been ampli­fied during the base­ball play­offs, when he might have fewer than 30 min­utes to file a 500-word story. It’s a “chaotic envi­ron­ment,” Gulizia said, but one he thrives on, as those pressure-packed sit­u­a­tions serve as extra moti­va­tion for him to knock his story out of the park.

“It’s been far and away the most helpful expe­ri­ence I’ve had,” Gulizia said of cov­ering playoff base­ball this fall. “It’s all been part of the learning process for me.”

Written by Greg St. Martin

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