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Stepping into Sports Journalism

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or Jeremy Liang ’16 and points of a player he had always Kai Smith ’16, sports rooted against. “So much commentary wasn’t new. For sports writing is mundane,” said their senior project, the two avid Liang, now a freshman at Duke fans collaborated on 33 Sports: University. “I wanted to write The Magazine, an extension of outside the box.” a sports opinion blog they had Self-designed by students started the previous year for with faculty support, fullsemester senior projects have fun. They had learned graphic become elective capstones design from computer science of individualized study that teacher Ben Stumpf, but laying complete many CA careers. In out a print publication was a 2015, a similar passion drove new challenge. “We had a drive another sports journalism enterto make something tangible,” prise, when Matt Simon ’15 said Smith, now a freshman at completed his senior project, a Davidson College. sports blog called Six Tool Sports. The duo continued to post “My earliest memories are of to their 33 Sports blog, but running along the sidelines at the print magazine allowed CA soccer games and sitting on them to step back from recent the bench with my dad,” said headlines to tackle bigger themes in different styles. Liang, Simon, son of longtime soccer coach Adam Simon. It came as for example, wrote a personal no surprise that he combined his narrative about Kobe Bryant’s loves for writing and athletfinal season on the ics. Starting as Los Angeles Lakers, a sophomore at exploring the finer

CA, he wrote sports pieces for Concord Academy magazine and the Concord Journal. By his senior fall, he knew just what his project would be. For Six Tool Sports, Simon did his own web design, writing, and social media — his first foray into blogging. He also made some connections in the industry, such as Kevin Paul Dupont P’15, a Hockey Hall of Fame awardwinning writer at the Boston Globe. Now a sophomore at the University of Southern California,

where he’s studying political science and communication, Simon hopes to minor in sports media studies. Many of his professors are working journalists, such as longtime ESPN sports correspondent Shelley Smith. “I’ve watched her on TV since I was little, and she’s an incredibly inspiring person,” Simon said. “It’s amazing to think that I’m in her sports commentary class.” This season, Simon is working with the LA Clippers, and during the summer he interned at CelticsHub.com. He has a coveted job in USC’s athletics department, too, coordinating community outreach with local student-athletes. He doesn’t know yet what specific path he’ll pursue, but he’s long known this: “Sports have always been what I love,” he said, “and I want to work at what I love.”

“So much sports writing is mundane. I wanted to write outside the box.”

Heidi Koelz

Jeremy Liang ’16

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