Column - Not your typical ‘one-and-done’
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 00:04
I write this column still in disbelief that one of the most rewarding experiences of my life has reached its end.
One year ago, I took this position as a sports writer for The Daily Athenaeum, completely unaware of where it would take me.
I asked my friend John Terry, who was The DA’s multimedia editor at the time, if they were hiring sports writers. As a sport management major, I had zero journalistic experience and really didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
I thought I’d write a couple of articles or so a week and never really expected to be too involved with it – much less have it become a major part of my life.
My first interview was a one-on-one with head rowing coach Jimmy King. When I was given the assignment, I knew virtually nothing about the sport of rowing aside from the obvious.
But, I did some research and, thankfully, King helped me understand his sport as well. So, I was able to make it through and write my first story: a preview of the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.
Then, I neglected to write the recap and couldn’t get an interview to make it up – both signs that I really had no idea what I was doing.
At this point, my editor Michael Carvelli was probably wondering why he even hired me, and I can’t blame him. (Editor’s Note: We were.)
But, thanks to him and many others, I learned.
By sheer luck, I was eventually placed on the men’s soccer beat. I was a little intimidated by the cameras, other reporters and general hoopla at my first interview session.
However, one familiar face, internet superstar Tony Dobies, was present.
I didn’t know him very well then, but he was one of the people who interviewed me for the position, so I figured he knew what he was doing better than I.
So, I watched him and the others, let them ask most of the questions and quickly found out that he did, in fact, know what he was doing much better than I did.
I really can’t put into words how much the three guys I already mentioned helped me out.
I am trying to think of all of the people who have helped me along the way and it’s hard, because there have just been so many.
Aside from learning how to be a journalist, I took a few other lessons from my time working with so many great people.
First, you can’t do it alone. So, observe, listen and imitate. Find good people, make friends, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Second, a little hard work will go a long way. Someone around you will take notice of your hard work, and you will be rewarded.
Third, the work never stops. So find something you’re passionate about, something that makes the work not really feel like work. Find that thing and do it to the best of your ability. When times are hard, listen to that voice in your ear telling you to keep going.
I have loved my time writing for The DA. I was fortunate enough to see some big upsets and some great games and even cover an individual national champion. I have interviewed Olympic athletes and some excellent coaches – all of which has been awesome.
But for me, the best part has been all of the friends I have made along the way.
I wish it wasn’t over (I think I’m still in denial that it is), but time will inevitably march on, whether I accept it or not. So, I will keep calm and carry on with it.
One final thank you goes out to the readers and especially anyone who has given me feedback, either positive or negative.
You have truly made it worthwhile.
Although I’m sad it’s over, I am proud to be Carvelli’s first one-and-done.