My first professional newspaper byline was on a sports story. For my first few years in journalism, I covered a lot of sports, mostly high school football and basketball. My first big award in journalism was for a sports feature story.
Given all that, maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m in discussions that could lead to my return to sports journalism.
It’s still early and our talks might lead to nothing, but I want to share with you what’s going on. Earlier this week, I had a sudden invitation to submit a video demo to an established sports site which focuses on University of Alabama football. The opportunity came in a very roundabout way, but I jumped at the chance to do a quick demo.
In about 90 minutes, I knocked out a four-and-a-half minute demo. I wasn’t very happy with it, but I didn’t have time to do something more polished.
Thursday evening, I had a very productive conversation with the owner of the magazine and site. He’s interested in me doing a regular video show as part of his company’s expansion into online video. We’re still discussing what that might look like and whether everybody else on his team is on board with the idea.
For my part, I’m really excited about the possibility. I honestly wasn’t looking to do anything related to sports right now, but this is too good an opportunity not to pursue. It would give me the chance to get better doing on-camera work while also putting myself in the position to make some side money to go with my real estate work.
If something comes of it, I’ll be sure to let you know where you can see the work. In the meantime, here’s the rough demo that I knocked out earlier in the week.
This could be an exciting addition to the other things I have going on right now, so please keep your fingers crossed that it works out.