I’ve been covering sports for more than a decade. This isn’t just a job for me, this is a passion that I truly try to reflect in my coverage in our area. I remember getting my first job …
I’ve been covering sports for more than a decade. This isn’t just a job for me, this is a passion that I truly try to reflect in my coverage in our area.
I remember getting my first job offer literally as I walked across the stage when I graduated Wingate University in 2010.
I think it took a full five days for me to begin my journalism career.
Eventually, my path led me to Bedford County covering Cascade, Community, Shelbyville Central and the Webb School in 2011.
I’ve been here ever since.
I’ve seen the highs and lows, complete with several state tournament teams over the years.
Last summer, I agreed to expand my coverage to Marshall County schools and I’ve got to say, this has been one of the most difficult years I’ve ever had covering local sports—but in a good way.
When I worked in North Carolina, I did a Monday, Wednesday, Friday publication, in addition to a weekly Thursday paper—without a staff, covering four high schools.
It was definitely a learning experience.
Expanding my coverage to Marshall County, I’ve got to say, it’s been pretty tough, but it’s been an absolute blast during my first year.
From all our successes in football and basketball season, to the full-on blitz of spring sports, it’s been go-go-go for months.
The many late nights of being on the road, covering games, coupled with the early morning deadlines and growing our online presence, I’ve had so much fun this year.
Not a lot of people can really say that about their job.
But I also want our readership to understand how lucky we are to have the support and staff to be able to cover as many games as thoroughly as we do.
This job would not be possible without boots on the ground like Anthony Puca, Dennis Holley, Rickey Clardy, Gary Johnson and the support of our general manager Diandra Womble and our publisher Adam Johnson.
It’s been a great first year and as we enter the final week of scholastic sports, our coverage market between both Bedford and Marshall County has four teams competing for state championships.
That’s absolutely incredible and I give my utmost support and will be cheering all our teams on throughout the Spring Fling.
It’s been a long road this year learning the new community and I want our viewership to know we’re here to deliver the highest-level of local reporting that’s available.
I’ve got an open line of communication and always welcome comments, concerns and feedback for our coverage.
We can’t improve something if we don’t know about it. So please, reach out to us!
And for the teams beginning their run in the state tournaments tonight—good luck to you all.
We’ll be cheering you on and will be with you all for the ride of a lifetime in the state tournament.
Chris Siers is sports editor of the Marshall County Tribune and Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.