Former WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication alumnus Jeremy Dorn is getting a chance at every baseball fan and sports journalists dream — an entire summer spent watching Major League Baseball; literally.
Dorn, a native of the Bay area, walked last May with a double major in journalism and creative writing. He was chosen as one of 50 finalists who could win “The MLB Dream Job” competition. More than 22,000 applicants submitted videos.
“The winner of the Dream Job spends his summer in the ‘Fan Cave’ where he watches every single regular season game on the MLB schedule,” Dorn said.
That’s more than 2,000 three-hour games of baseball in one season. Now Dorn — who entered and graduated from the Murrow College hoping to go into sports journalism - needs the help of Cougar Nation.
“The next round cuts it from 50 to 30,” Dorn said. “The top 30 vote-getters on the MLB network Web site from now until Feb. 22 get to move on. There’s not a limit to how many times you can vote, so if people want to take advantage of that I’m not going stop them.”
The final 30 earn a one-week invitation to Spring Training in Arizona where they do not find out what factors will determine the last six finalists until they make it.
“They haven’t told me what happens if I end up making it to Spring Training,” Dorn said. “They’re pretty secretive about it. I didn’t even find out I was a top 50 finalist till the night before they ran the press release. Even then they told me to be discreet till they announced it.”
The Fan Cave that could end up being Dorn’s summer home has a humble location on the corner of 4th and Broadway in the New York City neighborhood of Manhattan. In addition to watching every game, Dorn will interview players, make regular appearances on the MLB network for analysis, as well as document his experience through Facebook, Twitter and MLBFancave.com .
“It’s a pretty sweet gig,” Dorn said. “I love baseball second only to my family and friends, honestly. My dad raised me a Dodger fan from the beginning. When I started playing, I was completely hooked. It’s such an intricate, strategic and competitive game. There was no better feeling than making solid contact when I was hitting or buckling a batters knees when I was pitching. I’ve been eating, sleeping, breathing baseball forever; watching, playing, analyzing, discussing every aspect of it.”
Since leaving Pullman in May, Dorn officially graduated in August after the completion of a "Semester at Sea" exploring the Mediterranean. He went back to his native Bay Area and took an internship with Bleacherreport.com. In December he landed a job with ExecSense, a webinar and ebook company in the North Bay Area.
“I like the new job a lot. I like the people that work there,” Dorn said. “But when I first heard about the Fan Cave I said I could be the President of the United State and would still leave to take the job for the summer.”
You can vote for Jeremy and show your support of the Cougar faithful as many times as you want at mlbfancave.com.