BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (June 19, 2020) - The Southeastern Conference has announced it will introduce a new internship in communications in honor of the late Edward Aschoff, a reporter for ESPN and graduate of the University of Florida, who died in December at the age of 34.
The Edward Aschoff SEC Digital Communications Intern will work in partnership with the Southeastern Conference and ESPN's digital content team at the SEC Network.
"We are pleased to be able to remember Edward Aschoff in an important way that will reflect his priorities of sharing knowledge and developing connections with the next generation of communications professionals," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "We will long remember Ed for his infectious smile and his tireless work ethic, for being a superior journalist but an even better person. My thanks go to his fiancee' Katy Berteau and his family for sharing Ed with us and allowing us to remember him in a significant way."
Aschoff was a native of Oxford, Miss., and graduated from the University of Florida in 2008. After beginning his career at the Gainesville Sun, he was hired by ESPN in 2011 as an SEC reporter for ESPN.com. He grew into an expanded national role, reporting from campuses across the country for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio, and worked as a television and radio sideline reporter for ESPN's college football coverage.
"We're honored the SEC chose this wonderful way to honor Edward's legacy," said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president and editor-at-large, ESPN content. "Our profound sorrow over Ed's sudden passing is constantly soothed by memories of his intellect, talent and generosity. This internship gives those who knew and cared for Ed further comfort that the significance of his life will never be forgotten. He was deeply invested in the future of the industry, and passionate about sharing his experiences with the next generation of sports professionals. We're so grateful."
The SEC Digital Communications Intern will be responsible for publishing content to the conference's official website, SECSports.com and will entail editorial production duties in written, graphical and multimedia content, as well as data management and quality control of various administrative elements on the platform.