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Anthony Gulizia

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.”

This story was originally published by news@Northeastern.

Photo by Mariah Tauger.