COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bryson Allen-Williams isn’t the first college athlete to have a career in journalism in mind when his playing days come to an end.
But the South Carolina junior linebacker has a vision that differs from most college athletes who seek to work in that field.
“I want to be a political correspondent one day,” Allen-Williams said. “When you look at athletes, you always think on-field analyst. I just try to break that mold. Just talking to my advisers, that’s something I have talked to them about. …
“I want to break the mold of athletes going straight to sports. I want to be on TV one day. I want to be on CNN or MSNBC or anywhere. That’s something that I found was a passion of mine coming into college. That’s something I want to do one day.”
Allen-Williams found his passion for news as he grew up paying close attention to it. He picked broadcast journalism as his major when he got to South Carolina, although he has since changed to a general mass communications degree to study public relations, visual communications and beyond.
But his aspirations lie in being a political correspondent down the road, similar to one of his favorites, CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“I feel like he did a good job in the second debate,” Allen-Williams said. “I kinda feel like I need to do a little bit more as far as following some more journalists. There are a lot of good ones out there. A lot of people talk about the bad ones, but there are good ones.”
Allen-Williams, who has 52 tackles for the Gamecocks (5-4) as they prepare to face Florida on Saturday (noon, CBS), prides himself on being informed “to be the proper voter and be the proper citizen.” He said he does research beyond what is reported on TV to find out the full truth and not just what is being reported, an attribute he hopes helps his potential pursuits.
“You should stay right down the middle and just pick facts,” he said. “If we had more journalists like that, it would be a lot easier for citizens to get their information. When its biased, you don’t really know who to believe. You don’t know which side to believe. That’s when people believe that this side is going against this side or I feel the opposite. It’s very big to be objective in journalism.”
Allen-Williams hasn’t done an internship in the field yet, but he has plans of doing one this summer to increase his experience. In the classroom, he said he needs to be better at being vocal and louder when he is on camera.
He also doesn’t have any class assignments to pay attention to the news broadcasts as results roll in Tuesday night, as the U.S. gets a new president. But he will be watching closely as either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the presidency.
“I like seeing all of the channels,” Allen-Williams said. “It’s fun to me to watch the election. It’s fun to me to watch the process of the votes coming in, them reporting who won which states. That’s very key to me, as a voter, just to watch those things.”
As for his final thoughts heading into Tuesday night, Allen-Williams talked about the interesting election process it has been.
“It’s a great election,” Allen-Williams said. “It’s been a lot of hearsay. It’s an election and it’s a fun one. This is very different from the past elections we have had. But it’s going to end soon. We will get to move on and have a new president. We will be able to move on with them.”