YJI goes Inside ESPN to find out what makes it tick

Thirty years ago this evening, a new sports network began broadcasting out of a trailer in Bristol, Connecticut. That tiny operation has grown over the past three decades to become the worldwide leader in sports, with its headquarters looking ever more like a major college campus and that trailer just a distant memory. It has thousands of employees and fans in every country. To celebrate the anniversary, two Youth Journalist International reporters from Connecticut, Clare Hern and Kiernan Majerus-Collins, ventured inside to find out what makes ESPN tick. Their work — a stellar package of seven stories with lots of pictures, is online now at

It’s a great read, the perfect subject for The Tattoo’s 200th issue.
Earlier Tattoo stories about ESPN by alums Collins Seguin, T.J. O’Connor and Justin Skaradosky, are also online. Check out the links on our “Latest Issue” page.
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