Ethan Ramsey

Ethan Ramsey

Work History

Work History


The Boston Globe

    NFL: New England at Buffalo, October 2006

    College football: UMass at Colgate, September 2007

    College football: Harvard at Cornell, October 2007

    College basketball: UMass at Syracuse, November 2007

The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

    College basketball: Rutgers at Syracuse, February 2006

The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

    Junior Track Nationals: Columbus OH, June 2008

Associated Press

    Two minor league baseball games: Buffalo Bisons, summer 2006

Inside Lacrosse magazine

    Profile of Syracuse attack Joe Yevoli, December 2005 issue

Jan 2009 - Jul 2009

Sports Intern

The Birmingham News

• Shelby County preps writer; responsible for about 15 high schools

• Cover three or four high school games each week and write two high school features for most Wednesdays

• Write the occasional youth or community sports feature

• Member of college football recruiting team through Signing Day in early February

• Covered four college basketball games, including two in the SEC: Auburn at Ole Miss, Alabama at Ole Miss

• Contributed to two enterprise projects: 1) Profiles of local players participating in the NCAA Tournament at out-of-state schools; 2) Features detailing the United States' first-round Davis Cup match, held in Birmingham.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Sports Intern

The Columbus Dispatch

• Wrote 65-inch feature and business-related sidebar after spending a week on the road with a minor league baseball team (with audio slideshow and daily blog)

• Traveled to Cleveland five times for Indians coverage and Browns training camp/preseason game

• Blogged daily at The Memorial, the local PGA tournament

• Wrote feature on world No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal to preview U.S. Open

• Wrote about 90 blog posts during summer

• Spent several weeks on an unofficial Olympic beat, writing stories on local athletes trying to qualify for Beijing

May 2005 - May 2008

Editor In Chief; Managing Editor; Sports Editor; Asst. Sports Editor

The Daily Orange

(Syracuse University’s independent student newspaper; circulation 9,000; readership 20,000)

EDITOR IN CHIEF/MANAGING EDITOR (December 2006-May 2008)• Managed editorial and business direction of award-winning paper

• Oversaw 25 editors and more than 150 writers, photographers and designers

• Assisted in redesign of what College Publisher deemed one of its best sites and focused staff on Web content

• Helped paper earn best overall in Northeast from Society of Professional Journalists in 2007

• Helped paper earn second place in design at SND Missouri 2007 and 2008

• Co-led daily critique and budget meeting

• Co-authored investigative package on financial situation of athletic departmentSPORTS EDITOR/ASST. SPORTS EDITOR (May 2005-December 2006)• Managed staff of 35 writers

• Generated centerpiece story and art ideas

• Directed 2006 lacrosse guide, 2006 Year In Sports series, 2006 football guide and 2006-07 basketball guide

• Men’s basketball and football beat writer

• Earned national exposure with column proclaiming SU star Gerry McNamara “overrated”

• Wrote profile of SU coach Jim Boeheim

• Broke news on coaching changes and Title IX compliance

• National award-winning weekly columnist

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007

Sports Intern

• Wrote three enterprise stories:

  1) The proliferation of college coaches and athletic departments charging for “news” on Web sites

  2) Athletic directors starting blogs, as a sidebar to the story above

  3) The growing interest in rugby in the area (with audio slideshow)

• Twice took over Triple-A baseball beat for a week

• Embraced staff-wide directive to use alternative storytelling techniques throughout summer

• Covered state playoffs for spring high school sports

May 2006 - Aug 2006

Sports Intern

The Buffalo News

• Wrote three enterprise stories:

  1) Athletes using social-networking Web sites

  2) A profile of the nation’s best female pole vaulter

  3) The social impact of a new pro roller derby league

• Covered a major league baseball game on deadline in Toronto

• Spent several days at the Buffalo Bills NFL training camp

• Logged four 12-days at the Empire State Games, an annual amateur athletic competition

• Worked one night editing shift per week on average

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Sports Intern

(Weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs; North Bureau circulation: about 50,000)

• Wrote two enterprise stories:

  1) The growth of lacrosse in the area

  2) A program for blind youth soccer players

• Covered multiple summer high school football camps


Mr. Tom Arenberg

Sports Editor

The Birmingham News

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Mr. Jeff Sentell

High School Editor

The Birmingham News

205 325 2427

Mr. Ray Stein

Sports Editor

The Columbus Dispatch

614 461 5236

Mr. Scott Davis

Asst. Sports Editor

The Columbus Dispatch

614 461 8522

Mr. Mike Harris

Sports Editor Emeritus

Richmond Times-Dispatch

804 828 4771

I Wrote What?

1) "Minor Inconveniences"

The Columbus Dispatch (July 2008)

My entire blog (68 entries) from a week-long road trip with a minor league baseball team.  Link

2) "McMillan races from isle to aisle"

Richmond Times Dispatch (6.17.07)

Attended third wedding of my life to chronicle a mountain biker's big day -- on and off the course.  Word document with Nexis file (link expired)

3) "Leaders can't find totally safe haven"

The Columbus Dispatch (5.31.08)

Ended up with first, and strangest, byline of internship despite assignment just to blog from the local PGA golf tournament.  Link

Investigations/Breaking News in Syracuse University Athletics

1) "The cost of losing: Athletics has survived football's decline so far. Can that continue?"

The Daily Orange (4.24.08) Led first-of-its-kind, two-month investigation of the private school's athletic department finances.  Link

Sidebar A) "The time is now: Football's turnaround needs to start in 2008. Or else, as Daryl Gross says, 'You can wreck it into the ground.'"Took anecdotal approach to balance out the number-heavy package.  Link

Sidebar B) "Their fair share: The university just changed its entire budget model. Is Athletics subsidized too much? Too little? Just right?" Reported direct conflict between university's CFO and athletic director.  Link

2) "Development firm approaches Syracuse about new stadium"The Daily Orange (8.2.07)Beat all media outlets in city on story that led 6 p.m. news telecasts.  Link

3) "Nobody's business: Scholarship amounts"

The Daily Orange (4.28.08)

Football and men's basketball players receive full scholarships. But what about players in the Olympic sports?


Deadline Sports Coverage

1) "Score a big one for Minutemen"The Boston Globe (11.29.07)Filed story on time after one of the highest scoring games in Carrier Dome history.  Link

2) "Samuel keeps proving his value"

The Boston Globe (10.23.06)

Earned chance to write a sidebar off an NFL game as a junior in college.  Link

3) "She's fast for her age"The Columbus Dispatch (6.23.08)Made unknown junior track nationals worthy of a centerpiece.  Link


Syracuse University '08

The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts: History


I am currently a 22-year-old reporter covering high school sports for The Birmingham News in Birmingham, Ala.  The six-month internship is my fifth sports internship, fourth at a major daily.  I previously worked for The Columbus Dispatch, Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Buffalo News.

I graduated in May 2008 from Syracuse University after serving in four editor positions, including editor in chief and sports editor, at the award-winning independent school newspaper, The Daily Orange.

While all of my writing experience is sports-related, my clips prove my interest in serious issues that go beyond the game, particularly those in the business side of sports. For example, I co-authored a two-month, seven-page investigation into the financial situation of Syracuse athletics amid the worst three-year stretch in the football program's 119-year history.

My resume and references are below. My clips, with links, can be found along the entire right-hand column.

-Ethan Ramsey

The Business of Sports

1) "Getting their clicks: In the information age, fans often log in and go straight to the source" Richmond Times-Dispatch (8.19.07)

Pitched enterprise story on universities charging money for psudeo-journalistic content, some of which can be breaking news, on their Web sites.

Word document with Nexis file (link expired)

Sidebar) "UR's Miller takes blogging to a whole new level"

Found topic no paper had written before – athletic directors with blogs.  Word document with Nexis file (link expired)

2) "Paints' future in Chillicothe isn't assured"

The Columbus Dispatch (7.20.08)After receiving assignment to travel with a minor league baseball team, pitched financial story on the viability of the franchise to remain in its home.  Link

3) "Building blocks: Big East schools want more titles. Solution? Build new facilities."The Daily Orange (10.23.07)

Captured all angles of the debate over how effective new athletic facilities are, finishing with the ultimate question of why they're there in the first place.  Link

Most Recent

1) "Briarwood's supporting staff helps propel Lions to title series"

The Birmingham News (5.13.09)

One of the teams in my county is the only club in the Birmingham area to make a championship series in baseball. This is the advance.


2) "Briarwood's White remembers that to go fast sometimes you have to go slow"

The Birmingham News (5.13.09)

After starting out too fast in the 800-meter run his first two years at the state track meet, this runner benefited from patience his senior year.


3) "Crew's slam sparks Lions"

The Birmingham News (5.7.09)

A first-inning grand slam removed all nerves from Briarwood's starter pitcher as the team advanced to the state semifinals.


Best of the past month at The Birmingham News

1) "Parrish star Ashley Christian looks toward a better life"

The Birmingham News (4.12.09)

A six-sport athlete and student government president joins everything she can at her school because she doesn't want to go home to a troubled family life.


2) "Oak Mountain's Gibson smart, sweet -- and on target with her pitching"

The Birmingham News (4.8.09)

One of the best pitchers in my county is also one of the best all-around students.


3) "Games continue despite flu worries for AISA"

The Birmingham News (5.1.09)

The Alabama High School Athletic Association suspended play because of the swine flu outbreak, but not the Alabama Independent Schools Association.


How We Live

1) "Hot on the track: Women on wheels eye Western New York audiences"

The Buffalo News (8.5.06)

Told simply to check out a press release, wound up pitching centerpiece on the social impact of women's roller derby.  Word document with Nexis file (link expired)

2) "Life on the frontier: Most independent league ballplayers aren't sure where they're going. They just know they aren't there yet"The Columbus Dispatch (7.20.08)Spent two road series with local minor league baseball team for a Sunday centerpiece. (Sidebar below in 'The Business of Sports' and daily blog below in 'I Wrote What?')  Link

3) "Aching for attention: In rugged sport, rugby players blend bleeding and bonding"

Richmond Times-Dispatch (7.29.07)

Delved into both the fun and serious sides of a growing sport after pitching story and an accompanying audio slideshow.  Word document with Nexis file (link expired)


1) "Diving provides platform for both father and son" The Columbus Dispatch (6.18.08)Found story after told just to write a preview about one of the locals in the Olympic diving trials.  Link

2) "One-track mind: Fredonia pole-vaulter Jen Stuczynski targets U.S. record just two years after taking up the sport"

The Buffalo News (7.18.06)

Tried different style in look at future silver medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Word document with Nexis file (link expired)

3) "American dream: New SU tennis coach Luke Jensen wants to revitalize the sport right here in Central New York. As crazy as that sounds, he just might do it."

The Daily Orange (4.16.07)

Gained access to private meetings and practices for inside peek at one of the highest-profile Olympic sport coaches in college sports.  Link


  • 2007 SPJ Best Overall Paper: National finalist/Northeast winner
  • 2006 SPJ Sports Writing: National finalist/Northeast winner
  • 2005 SPJ Sports Column Writing: National winner/Northeast winner
  • 2005 SPJ Sports Writing: Northeast 3rd place
  • 2005 William Randolph Hearst Personality/Profile: T-13th

SPJ: Society of Professional Journalists