Motorsports Editor and Journalist
MOTORSPORTS JOURNALIST BACKGROUND: Over the past two years, I have been working as the Development Journalist Editor for POPULAR SPEED. I work closely with a number of up-and-coming young journalists who are working to hone their writing skills for a future job in the motorsports industry. Additionally, I also write and work as a media rep for selected races throughout the season. Prior to working at the current site, I served as an Associate Editor/Contributing Writer/Media Rep for Skirts & Scuffs for approximately three years.
*** ALWAYS self-edit your work (i.e. grammar, spelling, punctuation and etc.)
***Your voice and style of writing is just as important as the next person. No two writers will express their thoughts the same. NEVER lose your unique voice.
***BE OPEN to constructive criticism especially when it comes to the editing process. When an editor gives you suggested changes, don’t take it as he/she is trying to be insulting. There just may be some rephrasing of sentences or words that make your story or interview flow a little better for the readers.
***RESPECT & PROFESSIONALISM goes a long way especially as you are building relationships with the sanctioning body, team owners, drivers, crews and officials. For example, if you have an interview set up with someone make sure that you are there a few minutes early and have your questions prepared in advance. Notepads, pens and recorders are essential.
***STATISTICAL DATA – Racing Reference, NASCARmedia.com and Jayski are three integral sites that can be used to research and verify statistical information.
***SOCIAL MEDIA – You know that saying “think before you speak?” Well, the same applies to social media. Prior to you posting your thoughts, especially in the heat of the moment, think before you post it because you can’t take it back. Social Media can be a catalyst for great public interaction or it can have the opposite effect. You are a representative of the media outlet that you work for so know that your actions at all times (i.e. good, bad or indifferent) will be a reflection of yourself and that entity.
Here are links to a few of the stories and interviews that I’ve written for the sites I’ve had the privilege to be a part of these past few years.
Chip Ganassi Duo Finish In the Top-10 - http://bit.ly/1ESujih
Life In The Fast Lane: Samantha Busch - http://bit.ly/1ynIapM
Women In NASCAR: Jacquelyn (Butler) Ragan - http://bit.ly/1DcuJjL
Ron Hornaday, Heart & Soul of a Champion - http://bit.ly/1ynIapM
I would like to wish you well as you pursue your writing endeavors and please feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter at @UniqueHiram.
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