Repeat finalist

Two days later and I’m still struggling to find the right words.

During the  2017 Hoosier State Press Newsroom Seminar & Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon on Saturday in Indianapolis, I repeated as having the best sports action photo in Division 3 (dailies with circulation less than 6,000).

The photo, which is below, was selected as the photo of the year finalist for its division.

(I also won first place in sports commentary for my weekly column, “Line Drives.” It was my first HSPA award for column writing.)

In 2016, I was awarded first place by the Hoosier State Press Association for three photos. One of those — best feature photo — was selected as a photo of the year finalist.

I was also runner up for spot news photo.

Those honors came as a surprise to me considering I think of myself a writer first, a photographer second.

Not the other way around.

In 2011 I graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors degree in journalism with a concentration on news writing. I also minored in sports management, knowing very well I wanted to be a sports writer.

I was required to take a photography class as part of my major, and had dabbled in the hobby post graduation. It was never really a passion of mine, because I didn’t think I’d use the skill at a professional level. But when I began my career at The Commercial Review in July 2013, I was required to take pictures to accompany my stories.

And recent events have forced me to reconsider my evaluation of myself, and my feeling toward photography.

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Indy 500 — My time with the Snakes

INDIANAPOLIS — Fifteen minutes is enough to last a lifetime.

For 15 minutes on Saturday, I found myself in the Snake Pit during the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It was my first time in the Pit, and it will most certainly be my last.

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My first-place photos

It’s quite the challenge coming up with the right words.

Honored. Excited. Relieved.

Those are just a few.

But the most important feeling — humbled.

At the Hoosier State Press Association Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon today in Indianapolis, I had four photographs receive awards; three earned first place and one was second place. One of my first-place photos was selected as the Division 3 (Dailies with circulation less than 6,000) representative for photo of the year. While I did not receive that honor, it is still pretty darn cool to come away with three first-place awards and even be considered a finalist.

After winning best feature story last year, I was shut out this year as a writer. Honestly, though, that doesn’t matter.

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Column: Line Drives – Decision is step in right direction

[This is my column in The Commercial Review from today.]

Before moving to Portland, I was very uninformed about the goings on within Indiana, especially the sports landscape.

I was familiar with how rich the basketball history is within the state, especially with the recent resurgence of the Hoosiers within the Big Ten.

So when I moved to the Hoosier State the end of June, I took to my personal blog on the daily to inform my friends and family back home what I was learning about the area and my new career.

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Dubai 2012: Journalism

(This is the eighth post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

[WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED]

It’s pretty crazy to see how journalism differs throughout the world.

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An update of sorts…

Well, it’s official: I’ve finally written my first sports recap story for the CMU athletic department — and it has been published too.

Last weekend, Nov. 4-6, CMU hosted the Mid-American Conference field hockey tournament, and because there was a plethora of other athletic events going on that weekend (volleyball had two home matches and it was also Central/Western weekend) I was asked to cover all five games of the tournament. I was all for it, any time I have a chances to cover sports, I’ll do it!

Since all post-season collegiate events are not free, even for the students of the host school, I got this sweet gem pictured below to allow me to get in free to all five matches and even go wherever I wanted on the complex.

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