When Sean Ellertson was a Sophomore at Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire he began his career in journalism.
A couple of years later and the Stoughton, Massachusetts native is glad he did.
“ I got started in journalism when I was a sophomore at Franklin Pierce. I wasn't a strong writer coming out of high school, and one of my goals as a Sports Media and Communication major was to become a better writer. I immediately fell in love with the process of writing. I loved hearing people's stories and what they had to say about their life experiences.”
Last week the Plaindealer announced that Ellertson will be replacing Robbie Sequeira, who is beginning a new journey in Iowa.
Ellertson went to the same college as Sequeira and News Editor Alex Malm and when he found out about the job opening he knew it would be a good fit.
One of the things that Ellertson is looking forward to most is learning about a different part of the country and telling the countless unique sports stories that makes St. James special.
“ I'm looking forward to getting to whole an entirely different part of the country and how life is different out here in St. James. I'm anxious to get to know the athletes and the coaches and tell people all the amazing things they do on and off the court/ice/field.”
During his time in college he had extensive experience in different areas of multimedia sports coverage including writing for the school newspaper the Pierce Arrow, being a personality on a variety of campus tv shows and was one of the first students involved with broadcasting games live via internet radio.
While he had many experiences covering 26 NCAA D2 sports one of the moments that he pointed to as his “proudest” was being selected to write a story about the passing of one the football team’s assistant coaches.
“ I think my proud moment, and I hate to call it a top moment, was covering the tragic death of one of the football team's coaches during the middle of the season. It affected a lot of people in the Franklin Pierce community, and I was honored to be selected to write such an important story for the campus newspaper.”
Ellertson is expecting to arrive in town at the end of next week and will begin his career with the Plaindealer on October 1.
He is looking forward to meeting everyone in the St. James community and can’t wait to get started with the Plaindealer.