To a reporter, covering sport is ideally what all journalism would be like. It’s exciting. There’s drama, suspense, and rivalry. There are underdogs and injuries. Obvious clean beginnings and ends to stories. What more could a writer want?
Sports reporters are first and foremost fans of the game. They are invested and hold their home teams over the coals if they don’t produce and celebrate them when they do.
Over the past few months here at The Weekly, we’ve been preparing for one day — March 4 — the day Jeju United took to the pitch for their season and home opener against Incheon United.
From the end of last season our staff had kept up contacts, watched news feeds on the team, and constantly mentioned United to one another just to keep the team constantly on mind so when the season started up again, we’d be ready. A mental preseason, if you will.
During that time we put together a team of contributor writers (Matt Harris, Ade Alabi, and staff reporter Angela Kim) to cover every game, transaction, and United story, with photos, commentary, and analysis.
And when the season opener finally came, that anticipated Sunday, March 4, we were all there. A photographer on the field, a writer in the stands, and an editor back at the office waiting for copy. The game was exciting, and spirits were high among our team because, well, Jeju won. 3 to 1 on a cold, wet, and uncomfortable Sunday. Jeju were the better team of the two on the pitch and the scoreboard showed it. They were quick, agile, made few mistakes, but over all they embodied Coach Park Kyung Hoon’s “rattlesnake” philosophy. They moved the ball quickly down the pitch and got shots on net.
After the game the team got together to go over notes and photos and sent the story as quickly as possible back to The Weekly office where Todd, the editor, fixed the copy and photos, and threw the story on our Web site. We will try our best to do this all season long so you don’t have to wait (up to a couple of days depending on the game) to get the scores from international football Web sites and forums.
We also have a lot of other stuff planned for this season and will be providing you with up to date info on Jeju United, player profiles, and most exciting, exclusive interviews. In fact, Coach Park and newly acquired Australian defender Adrian Madaschi have both agreed to give The Weekly monthly updates on the team, their progress, or just what they have been up to on Jeju.
There are some things in the works between United and The Weekly and we will definitely keep you posted as things develop. So keep reading the paper and support our team!
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