By RYAN KIM
October 12, 2018
Meet Sean Patrick Bowley, a do-it-all sports journalist who is the editor and producer of GameTime CT, Connecticut’s premiere site for high school sports. Bowley said he didn’t develop an interest in sports until the inception of Madden NFL for the PC. Nowadays, his day job involves a constant stream of high school sports.
“Most of what I learned is from watching other people, not from the video or editing classes offered at Syracuse,” Bowley said. “I’ve covered the Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl and just learned how the ‘pros’ did it in the press room.”
He said he chose Syracuse for college not for their journalism program or the school’s location, but to go to a D‑I athletic program and learn by doing the trade. Once Bowley joined the school’s newspaper, Daily Orange, his career took off. A natural writer, Bowley gravitated towards high school sports because it wasn’t as covered by the media and he could own the space.
“At the high school level, you get to craft the story because no one’s done it yet,” he said. “History isn’t in front of you. In high school, no one really keeps records… That’s on you to figure out.”
Bowley’s enjoyment for high school athletics is still fresh. He doesn’t get to go out to the field as much as editor, but encourages involvement with the community to gain trust.
“Getting people to trust you is hard at this level… It’s so local that everybody knows everybody,” Bowley said. “It’s hard to find out what’s going on behind the scenes because they are afraid any information may get back.”
He says the most important to tackling local sports stories is the same three words journalists know all too well: talk to people.
“Some of the best stories come from listening, and then talking,” Bowley said. “Phone calls are phone calls, but going to them and engaging with them may lead to a future story.”
Bowley said he enjoys many other activities that draw his attention other than following his favorite teams. “I’d say my sports fandom has declined over the years,” he said. “I work all week on sports. At the end, it gets old.”
Bowley’s advice to aspiring sports journalists: “Make yourself versatile and valuable, because they can get anyone to write a great story.” He added that high school sports is a great opportunity to learn from your mistakes because it’s a little more forgiving.