By Jeremy McDonald
Over the past year, it’s been pretty crazy to say the least.
This time last year, I was trying to figure out what to do for the summer and for this school year as I looked around for writing jobs that were opening up around the area. I had very little direction considering I had no idea what was happening over the summer and from my prior experience writing in California yielded that it’s just a very dead period of time for sports journalist.
The two leads I had involved summer baseball, a third came up with summer basketball. Next thing I knew I was following teams around as I did during the school year over the summer; meeting kids from different schools, countries even. Just learning and getting to know the kids and their schools (and countries as with the Perth Heat team based from Australia. Google what a Drop Bear is, they got me on that haha).
By the end of the summer, I found myself started to cover Gervais and Salem Academy a bit as well as the other schools I was initially was covering during the first-year.
Next thing I knew, I was covering Scio, Cascade because of parents approaching me about it. After that, some South Salem and West Salem Lacrosse, a sport I never seriously watched and understood let lone covered as now I’m at two-, three-different locations and most days I’m doing anywhere from 2-4 stories a day, six-day weeks in most weeks.
It’s been fun and all, I never thought this little running portfolio would explode to what it is now between May 22, 2016 and May 22, 2017.
Now the question becomes what should I do next? What direction should I go? I don’t know just yet. I’m still peaking around to what’s out there writing wise for me but I also love what I’m doing now despite some periods of self-doubt here and there but I’m going to do this for as long as I can.
I got into writing more for the love of Sports and Writing than for the paycheck every second and fourth Friday and that’s been my thing since I wanted to do sports journalism as a junior in High School sitting in the locker room before football practice and my goal is to try to do at least two-, maybe three-stories a day just trying my best to illustrate the local talent in the area. I realized that one story-a-day wasn’t enough to do that.
As we enter the summer again and all of this summer stuff that is happening, I’ll try to be as many of them as I can again. But hey, I’ve been blessed with this great opportunity the past year-and-a-half, pushing two-years now, and I’m excited to see what the adventure may be next!