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.”