1) Can you give us a brief bio
of your career?
I started at LDN last February doing Sports three days a week, and
news two days a week, then moved to all sports in September after
Andrew Callahan left LDN. Before that, I was a part-time sports writer
for The Daily Item in Sunbury, as well as a News/Sports Anchor/Reporter
for News radio 1070 WKOK in Sunbury, and did play-by-play for Lewisburg
HS Football on sister station 100.9 The Valley.
Graduated from Clarion University in May 2015
- there I was Sports Director of our campus radio for 3 years, TV
for 1 year. Hosted my own Football Radio Show, and did play-by-play
and color. TV- PBP and color, sports and news anchor/hosted the Clarion
Sports Show, "Golden Eagles Live." Also was sports writer
for our campus newspaper.
2) What's the best part about your
job? What's the most challenging part of it?
The best part about my job is doing something I love and have had
a passion for every since I was younger. I get to be a part of the
sports world everyday. That's pretty cool - along with having your
name in the paper everyday, and getting to bring information all fans
want to know about their teams, being in the know constantly. When
I go to a game, that's always something I coveted to do was know the
inside scoop of the game.
What's challenging currently is adjusting to our company's new way
of H.S. sports coverage. It's a little different than what we've done
in the past. Friday night's during football season are always challenging,
writing not only my story for a tight deadline, but also doing stats
for your game and then getting freelancer's stories in before deadline.
It's a total mad dash to the finish, but its still fun (most of the
3) What are your thoughts on social
media/print media/radio and tv media?
Social Media is so critical for reporters today not only to get the
information out, but as quick as possible. Especially when there's
a big breaking story, news or sports, things can blow up instantly.
Great example of that was when I covered McCaskey-Cedar Crest last
week - had video of Cole Laney's game-tying shot. I had notifications
blowing up my Twitter for a good day or two. Video overall is definitely
becoming very important, while not being too long with attention spans
being shorter than normal nowadays.
Print unfortunately, has taken a big hit with everything going digital.
The first big one was seeing the Pittsburgh Post Gazette go all-digital
from print. It's also become easier to listen to radio out of market
with so many stations having live online streaming. TV is heading
in that direction as well in being able to watch things live online,
especially sporting events.
4) How do you tweet, take video's
and cover a game in written form?
I try to tweet as often as possible from games, because I know if
I'm a fan, I want updates constantly if I know I can't watch a game.
In each tweet, I want to make sure I give the basics first (score,
time, quarter), then any analysis or stats. I've also tried to incorporate
more video because its becoming so critical in the field, both on
Twitter and in my stories. As far as writing the actual story, this
goes back to our new way of coverage - taking a feature angle, or
doing maybe an x-amount of observations piece, because we've notice
in our numbers, people love seeing numbers in headlines. Or if its
a crazy game like McCaskey-Cedar Crest - you focus on the big moments
of the game. But overall, our readers don't seem to want long, rehashed
5) What is the best game(s)
you have covered? why? particulars?
I haven't been here for that long, but definitely McCaskey-Cedar Crest
is one, probably the lead dog. Covering A-C football's Section 3 championship
was pretty cool too. The other would be Game 3 between the Hershey
Bears and Portland Pirates in their Atlantic Division semifinals series.
Bears lost in 3OT 2-1, the longest game ever played at Giant Center.
I also covered Penn St-Maryland earlier this season, where Saquon
Barkley rushed for a then season-high 202 yards and a touchdown.
Bonus: If there were anything you could change
the way we get information, what would it be?
I don't know if there's a specific way to answer this just because
it's so easy to have access to social media today. You see the fake
twitter accounts of reporters who will try to doop people into fabricated
breaking news. There's blog sites and other websites with fabricated
information. You just have to be extra careful when finding news today,
unfortunately that's just the way it is.