Sean Saint Jacques, '17, was recently hired by media giant, USA Today to cover the NFL’s New York Jets. Although just graduated, the job writing for USA Today’s "JetsWire" is a long time in the making for Saint Jacques— who knew early on in life where he wanted to be, and effectively leveraged his time at Seton Hall to get there. Sports journalism, media and marketing— as well as broadcasting, have always been a draw for the Journalism major. As a child, Saint Jacques would announce Yankee's games from his couch, pretending to be sports broadcast personalities such as Joe Buck or Michael Kay. He would imitate their calls on television, which grew into professional aspirations as time went by. When Saint Jacques' high school installed a recording studio, he jumped at the opportunity and jumpstarted his broadcasting career. Aside from doing school news reports, he recorded sports podcasts with his friends. From this experience at Morris Catholic, Saint Jacques knew that college would have to continue in the same vein.
Like many students before him, the opportunity to quickly work on-air at Seton Hall's award-winning radio station. 89.5 WSOU, was a major factor in his decision to attend Seton Hall. Although other colleges offered broadcasting opportunities, he saw that it was hard to gain experience at those schools until around junior year. At Seton Hall, he was able to become involved at WSOU, Pirate TV and the Setonian right away.
At the end of Saint Jacques' freshman year, he started gaining experience outside of Seton Hall's broadcast outlets. Through a WSOU connection, he began writing for "Big East Coast Bias," which covered all Big East sports, but especially basketball. He covered the regular season, all the way to the championship and also events like the NCAA tournament media day, where he talked to basketball talents like Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and also TV personality, Jim Nantz.
"Looking back at moments like that, it makes you feel lucky that you found Seton Hall," Saint Jacques said.
Through another connection at WSOU, Saint Jacques also began working with the Staten Island Yankees production team. They needed assistance with game day production, and Saint Jacques was ready to fill the job. Earlier on, Saint Jacques had an interview with Westwood One productions for an internship with WSOU alumni, Larry Costigan. However, at that time, Costigan told him he did not have enough experience. Saint Jacques took the criticism constructively and dove deeper into the broadcasting field with the organizations he was previously involved in, as well as working an internship with "Today's Business Insider" where he worked in public relations and digital advertising.
After he developed greater familiarity in the industry, Saint Jacques was eventually hired by Costigan for the internship at Westwood One, which he notes as his favorite experiential learning position in his time at Seton Hall. At Westwood, he was given the opportunity to be in studio for sporting events, including Super Bowl 50. "I learned not to give up," said Saint Jacques.
After Westwood One, Saint Jacques expanded his repertoire. He did internships with MSG Networks and The New York Giants Production Department, in addition to calling games for Manhattan College softball on the Jasper Sports Network. Now, Saint Jacques has begun working with USA Today’s "JetsWire," where he works with former Setonian editor-in-chief Gary Phillips. Saint Jacques credits a lot of his success to the opportunities the Seton Hall community gave him, from The Career Center, to the broadcasting outlets he's worked with, especially WSOU for the support the staff has given him, and , of course The Setonian. "I've gotten a lot of great experience because of Seton Hall," Saint Jacques said.
"I think that's what Seton Hall has given me more than anything else, just finding people who love what you do and who you can form relationships with."