Sean Morrison

Major: Journalism

Years at IU: 2008-’12

What you did at IU: I started at the IDS my freshman year and covered wrestling and Little 500 before moving to the sports editor role. I then found my way to the Indianapolis Business Journal as an intern for a semester and began freelancing for Inside Indiana. I worked for Inside Indiana throughout the rest of my time at IU while hosting a sports radio show at WIUX.

What you do now: I’m an associate editor at ESPN in its eSports department and help oversee ESPN’s coverage of college eSports, the Overwatch League, the League of Legends Championship Series, and many other events worldwide. My job involved editing stories, video production, social media management, and coordinating with multiple departments throughout the company.

What advice you have for sports media students: Don’t shy away from something because you feel underqualified. I started working with the eSports group during a brief stint with the group in January 2017. I had hardly heard of League of Legends, let alone developed an understanding of eSports. My editing skills held me up as I learned more about the game and the overall competitive gaming ecosystem, and when a job opened up with the eSports group in April of that year, I had worked my way to the top of the list of candidates. You’re going to learn on the job regardless of where you go or what you do, so don’t be afraid to take on steep learning curves if you think the opportunity is worth it.

Be open to a change of scenery, too. I thought I’d be living in Connecticut for the next decade when I took the eSports job, but when the department decided to move one of its editors to Los Angeles, I was the one that had to do it. The opportunities that opened up for me in both my day-to-day work and the connections I’ve developed in the eSports world as a result of the move are invaluable, and I wouldn’t have those same opportunities in Bristol (Connecticut). Don’t let what you think your path is deter you from making a new one.