Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

June 18, 2014

Running the Point

June 18, 2014 — Now that it’s all over, what do we do?

The high school sports season has come to an end and now comes the exciting part of sports journalism. Actual journalism.

Being part of a newspaper or the media industry in general is much more than just covering ball games.

There are several human interest stories that we get to do throughout the course of the year that are fun and exciting for any journalist to put together.

Getting to know a lot of the student-athletes and coaches in Carter County helps me get the story behind the story. I could cover a ball game, talk to a coach or player and consider that a full day. But following closely to East and West Carter athletics, there are more than enough opportunities to tell a story that our subscribers might not know.

Take the Carpers for example. It was the first time that Tim had his son Tucker broadcast the regional tournament. It was also the anniversary of his son’s Titus’s passing. It was an opportunity to celebrate the life of a child as well as create a lasting memory for a father and son.

The summertime is about relaxing after a long year in both the classroom and out on the field or in the gym.

But it’s also the time to get out and tell exciting stories about where a player’s passion comes from. Or an event that might not get the coverage it deserves.

With high school sports out of the picture, it frees up more time for enterprising stories. While I admit it's the “slow time” of the year for local sports with high school out for the summer, it gives me more of an opportunity to get more hands-on with stories throughout the community.

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