At the risk of breaking one of the unwritten rules of journalism, I’m going to inject myself into this column.
I’m only doing so because this is an introduction of sorts.
Starting today, I’m taking over the sports beat at The York Dispatch, stepping in for previous reporter Patrick Strohecker.
Really, all I’m trying to do is keep the Dispatch’s tradition of excellent area sports coverage going. It was here well before me, and will continue long after. It’s simply an honor for a chance to be a link in the chain.
Thankfully, I’m not completely green to this business or this area. In fact, to put it in sports terms, you could say I’m stepping off the sidelines and into the game.
I started covering sports in York on a freelance basis a few months after graduating college in 2005.
The following year, I took a part-time position as a sports editorial assistant. The two combined eventually led to a full-time copy-editing position in 2010.
To speed things up, there were a few years spent as a copy editor before coming to the Dispatch in 2015. My previous role allowed me start doing some reporting again, while splitting time each week on the sports copy desk.
Now, here I am.
On the surface, it might seem like I’m walking into something new. However, I’ve already told a few of your stories, and I’ve been along for the ride on many more while working behind the scenes.
Also, having grown up in York County, I understand how meaningful sports are to the community.
An invitation: Now, here’s where I leave the “me” behind for good and shift my focus to “you,” the readers and area sports community at large.
I want to use this space now as an invitation for interaction. In fact, let’s treat it as an informal “interview” of sorts, with my first subject being you, the reader.
What would you like to see from us in the future? More of one thing, or less of another? Any ideas for possible additions to the coverage you’d like to see?
How can we make our coverage better for you?
If you feel something might make for an interesting story, or any other good ideas, send them in. While we cannot make any guarantees that every idea or tip will come to fruition, we will certainly always do our best to listen.
So, please, connect with me however you’re comfortable doing so.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com, or send me a message on Twitter (@EADispatch) or Facebook (Facebook.com/YorkDispatch). If these new-age methods aren’t your thing, feel free to give me a call at (717) 505-5406.
I look forward to hearing from you, interacting with you and getting a chance to tell your stories. Together, we can continue to shine a light on the area's many great athletic success stories.
Elijah Armold is a sports reporter for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.