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ESPN Anchor Speaks to SHU Students

By Gabrielle Scozzari
On December 6, 2013

On Thurs. Nov. 14, Sacred Heart University’s newest club on campus, the Sports Media Club, welcomed back alumnus and ESPN anchor, Dario Melendez. The talk was given in the Pitt Center boardroom and all majors were welcomed to hear the exciting news about Melendez’s success after being a Sacred Heart student who just recently graduated in May, 2008.

Melendez’s talk was very informative about the steps that need to be followed in order to survive in the media business. He explained how students should not expect to graduate and land a job at ESPN or any other large production company in NYC immediately.

“In order to make it in this industry it is important to be open to traveling to smaller cities to get a few years of experience under your belt,” said Melendez.

The talk was in a very relaxed setting and Melendez aimed to have it be conversation-like. Students engaged in asking questions about Melendez’s past and what he took away from Sacred Heart’s media department.

“One thing I wished I learned how to do while in college was learn how to read off of a prompter, it is one of the hardest things to do, to learn how to make reading sound conversation based,” said Melendez.

Melendez explained how much work goes into being an anchor for ESPN. He explained how in the media business, you have to be willing to work long hours and on the weekends.

“Thursdays may be my day off, but I take lessons set up by ESPN to get better,” said Melendez. “Everyone has to continue learning and growing to become the best of the best, if you don’t have the passion to improve, then this isn’t the field for you.”

In addition to discussing all of the amazing opportunities that ESPN has given Melendez such as working at two Super Bowls and covering many major events within sports news, he discussed the basics of landing an internship.

“My advice for internship success is to dress appropriately [and to] research the company and know about what is currently going on within the company,” said Melendez. “You always want to know what the company you are applying to work at is doing, the history is important and knowing the people that work there can take the level of conversation between you and the employer from basic to extraordinary.”

Media students and members of the Sports Media Club specifically listened with intent to everything Melendez had to say because of how much success he has had in such a short time.

“I personally really enjoyed seeing and hearing from someone that has graduated with the degree I am pursuing and graduating with this May,” said senior Maddy Murcott. “Dario Melendez has had so much success and hearing how much work he put into achieving it was very informative. It is amazing to see what a degree at Sacred Heart prepares you for and exciting to see someone that has graduated from here achieve so much.”

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