I'm a sports fanatic who loves telling the story through print or over the airwaves. I'm on an award-winning sports radio team, was elected sports editor at a Division I college newspaper as a freshman and received the highest honor (Chi Commendation) for a student during my sophomore year. I also achieved the rank of Star in Boy Scouts and played lacrosse for five years in high school and college, finishing as a conference champion and state runner-up my senior year of high school.
At this point in my academic and professional life, I'm aiming to finish my degree by May 2015 and my short-term plan is to complete an internship with a highly recognizable media outlet or a sports team during the summer of 2014. I am willing to relocate for the summer provided that housing is available, but I would strongly prefer to stay in the Washington market.
As the sports editor of The Rotunda, I view my role as a coach. I recruit by going to students that I know love sports and asking them if they're interested in writing for me. If they decide join my team, I train them to become the best writers that they can be by bringing the most out of them. I go over their work as needed and work with them on syntax and interview tactics - much like how a football coach helps his quarterback go through his progressions and fine-tune his mechanics. I promote the team through social media and maintaining a public presence on press row and in the press box. John Wooden once said that it takes ten hands to score baskets. In that vein, it takes more than just one or two sets of hands and brains to get great copy in print - it takes the writer, editor, coach and/or athlete, and sometimes the professor, to get great, thought-provoking articles out there for people to read. No great week is solely due to the editor's work, and not every mediocre week rests entirely on the shoulders of the reporters. Whether you win the championship game or lose by more than a 2:1 margin, you walk off the field together and support each other.