The Current Stop…
I’m currently the sports editor at the Ithaca Times and our Finger Lakes Community Newspapers, where I cover eight high schools in the greater Ithaca area as the only full-time reporter in the sports department. Those smaller, hyper-local papers you see at Tops and the local coffee shop? Most likely ours. I also cover news in Dryden (Dryden Courier), Groton (Groton Independent) and Lansing (Lansing Ledger).
Community Newspaper Holidings, Inc: Negley named CNHI 2015 Sports Writer of the Year
Georgia Press Association: Sports Writing, 2nd place; Best Sports Section, 3rd place
Georgia Sports Writers Association:
— Best Event Story on Deadline, 1st place for “Syrupmakers defeat Monroe for Ron Best’s 300th coaching win”
— Best Column, 3rd place for “Kerbo didn’t abuse his name, he did it proud”
Georgia Associated Press: Best Sports Writing, 3rd place for “Journey to a Signature”
Job Travels, Quick Hits
- I spent two full school years as the sports editor at the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in Thomasville, Georgia. It’s located 15 minutes above the Florida-Georgia line near Tallahassee. I covered primarily four high schools as well as the YMCA, the local small college, Florida State games and random events such as fundraising dinners with professional NFL players. My job was mainly football based — this is South Georgia after all — but I worked to include as many sports teams as possible in the two-page daily sports section. One day I came inches away from having an all-female sports front.
- I worked at Sporting News, where I integrated social media into quick-hit posts and edited award-winning journalists. I also worked on writing projects and included my math minor in my work by writing about how much stuff (such as wings or beer) can fit in the Stanley Cup. For nearly three full years after my internship I stayed on board as a contributor.
- I spent the summer living it up in Phoenix, Ariz., a big change from my small town upbringing and East Coast life. I worked at the Arizona Republic as a Pulliam Fellow in the sports department. Some of my clips include Arizona Diamondbacks games, Phoenix Mercury games, Arizona Cardinals training camp and other odds-and-ends assignments.
- I served as the editor-in-chief of The Stylus, the award-winning student newspaper at The College at Brockport, SUNY. I covered a murder that hit national news and NBC’s Dateline, student government affairs and dealt with some serious threats and allegations. Under my leadership we earned sixth place in the Best of Show competition at the Chicago media conference, where more than 400 newspapers entered the competition. As EIC, I was in charge of both the editorial and the financial side of the business.
- I was a sports staffer all four years in college (I wish I could have written more, but sometimes the news needs the EIC) and wrote a weekly sports column, which I held since I was a first semester freshman.
- Other positions held at The Stylus, in order: Staff writer (2009-10), Copy editor (fall ’10), Senior copy editor (spring ’11), Sports editor (fall ’12), Executive editor (spring ’12). My Stylus author page.
- I interned at the Democrat and Chronicle sports department in the spring of 2012. I spent a few nights in the office taking calls from coaches with high school scores. I spent a lot of time out covering games, which included the Red Wings (Triple-A baseball), Knighthawks (National Lacrosse League), Rattlers (Major League Lacrosse) and Section V high school basketball games.
- I interned with the Buffalo Bills during training camp in Pittsford. It was three weeks of delicious St. John Fisher food and two-a-days. I helped with video work, such as filming the “Off-the-field” segments and I also wrote the scripts for those segments. I helped bolster the Bills Instagram account and also worked with the Pinterest page.