So far, everything is fine … thank you | Editorial columnists
It all started with a simple phone conversation. I inquired about a game I was going to cover and asked if it needed pictures. During this particular period, I was self-employed and ran my own full-time photography business.
I was also a freelance writer for local newspapers. So basically I was outsourcing
The editor said he needed the photos because their full-time sports / personal photographer had been reassigned to the Daily Reflector.
So that left his coverage area without a sports reporter / press photographer and they were trying to hire someone to fill the position. Then he asked a question I thought he would never have asked me. He asked me “Are you interested? “
Huh, do I take pictures and write articles? Me who writes articles, uh I don’t think so.
But then I let the thought permeate me. As I mulled over the offer, I struggled with the writing part. I wrote “back then” when I was in college. But writing articles now at my age? Plus the challenges I face on a daily basis due to a previous illness that I have encountered. Are you really kidding me?
But the more I held the thought and looked past my insecurities, the more I considered it.
I asked the Thadd to give me a day or two to think about it. I sought wise advice and discussed it with my wife. The consensus was simple, give it a try and if I don’t like it, well… quit!
I called the Thadd the next day to inform him that I would accept his offer. But, before I officially signed any documents, I had to be brutally honest with him about my challenges and insecurities. He said he understood and despite my disabilities he would still like to have me on staff.
So on July 6, I officially became a sports writer / photographer for four counties and eight high schools. The hardest part of the job is having the time to cover all the schools. Limited hours and understaffing are the contributing factors that affect coverage.
The pandemic was also the culprit, prompting a number of game cancellations and rescheduling.
But with all of that said, it has been an amazing experience, capturing and preserving moments using words and photographs.
The athletic directors, coaches and student athletes were overall great. It’s a good feeling when you come to a sports venue and the coaches and students like you for coverage of the matches.
Thus, my apprehensions are dissipated, my artistic talent lights up and my goal is raised. There are a few ideas I have that will help improve our sports coverage in the near future.
But in the meantime, all is well and thank you!
Andre ‘Alfred is the sports / personal editor of Bertie Ledger-Advance, Chowan Herald, Perquimans Weekly and The Enterprise. He can be reached via [email protected]
Andre ‘Alfred is a sports / personal writer and photographer for Bertie Ledger-Advance, Chowan Herald, Perquimans Weekly and The Enterprise. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]