It took a month and change, but questions about my conspicuous absence from the sports pages has finally started to reach my ears (and via text message).
No. I haven’t left the Connecticut Post, run off and joined a mountaineering club (as this pic of me atop Sleeping Giant might suggest).
Yes. I am still an employee in the sports department.
Yes. I am no longer in charge of covering high school sports…
I have a new position here as the Sports Producer of Hearst Connecticut Media Group Interactive, which is another way of saying I’m the sports editor of the Connecticut Post and its Fairfield County affiliates owned by the Hearst Corporation.
It’s a fresh new job created to keep up with the news media’s furious attempt to find a niche in the digital world. As many of you are aware, newspapers are changing and it’s my job to make our papers your first source for all local and regional sports news.
Local events, local colleges (including UConn) and — especially — high school sports will be our primary focus. It’s our mission to write the best stories, feature the best columnists and bloggers, and produce can’t miss videos, podcasts and interactive features you won’t find anywhere else.
We have a lot of work to do in the coming months. And we have only just started. I’ve been kind of holed up in the Connecticut Post office the last few weeks, but you should start to see me again toward the end of the spring season and into the summer as we barrel — once again–toward my favorite time of year: high school football season. I’ll still blog on this space, so keep checking back. We also hope to bring a whole cadre of other contributors into the mix to get some different perspectives.
So wish me and the rest of the sports staff well as we reinvent ourselves to give you the absolute best sports coverage in Connecticut.
If anybody has any suggestions or comments, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, we’ll see you soon,
Sean Patrick Bowley