This blog is something I’ve considered starting for about a year now, but has finally been kickstarted thanks to a new class I am enrolled in this semester titled, “The Branding of Me.” For this class, I will be blogging twice a week, for your enjoyment, about things that I will refer to later in this post.
First, I should offer you, the reader, a quick insight into my life. I am a native of south Charlotte (Weddington, to be exact) and came to UNC in Fall 2014. I came into school intending to pursue journalism in some fashion, and through that I have found a real passion for sports writing/reporting and have been pursuing it since my first semester in Chapel Hill.
Currently, I am a writer/reporter for Inside Carolina, an independent new source covering UNC athletics, where I cover UNC’s football, men’s basketball, and baseball teams. I recently spent the summer of 2016 working as a reporting assistant for Black and Blue Review, a website covering the Carolina Panthers. Other experience includes two years covering UNC athletics for The Daily Tar Heel, writing a column about world soccer for The Sports Quotient, and covering high school athletics for the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group.
Now that all of that is out of the way, I can touch on what I hope to accomplish with this blog. So, if you haven’t been able to guess, I’m passionate when it comes to sports. Now that may seem like a very vague, blanket statement, but it’s one-hundred percent true. Sports are something I’ve always connected with and at a base level I believe sports are the best form of entertainment available. I’ve tweeted out multiple times the same thing after I watch a great game, and it’s this: “Sports are the purest form of storytelling.”
Now you can disagree with that statement, but please understand that that’s where I’m coming from.
I spend most of my time during work covering the teams I write about, but rarely offer up my opinions on any subject being covered. I hope to use this blog for some of the latter.
We live in an era where the “hot take” reigns supreme and television programs are centered around them. Everyone is doing their best to get noticed by saying the wildest things that their brain can conjure up, whether they believe it or not. I don’t plan to do that. I have opinions, and I plan to use this blog to share them. They may be random, I can’t predict that, but I can guarantee that they will be my real feelings on a subject. You may disagree with what I write, and I welcome that. And this won’t be all opinion pieces. I may write some days on things I say previously that I wanted to comment on.
I hope I explained my goals well, and if not, prepare for my first “official” post and you’ll get an idea for what I want this to be.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the content.