Within minutes of arriving in Seattle on Sunday – after driving three full days halfway across the country – my dad and I decided to do the only sensible thing we could think of. We caught the Mariners game that afternoon.
It seemed the perfect way to get acclimated with the city I’ll now call home.
It was a big decision to leave Kansas City, my home for the first 22 years of my life. I graduated from the University of Kansas in May, covered some really bad KU football and some really good KU basketball along the way and spent plenty of time digging into high-school sports. I had never lived anywhere else until this week, and Kansas City was all I knew.
But the opportunity at The Seattle Times seemed too good to pass up. Not only is this city ripe with high-school talent, but I’ve already found the people of Seattle to be passionate and proud of their schools and players. I want to become a part of that community. I also know it’s going to take time and effort for me to earn your trust.
As you all know, Sandy Ringer does a fantastic job with her coverage, and she will continue to be a source of information and stories. I also have ideas for what I’d like to do with the coverage.
I want this space – this blog – to be a constant source of news, notes, pictures, videos and even podcasts. Sandy will be a frequent contributor to the blog and we want to update it at least twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I want to write a weekly piece for the blog, preferably every Monday, that goes over every performance, game or story that we may have missed from the weekend while also looking ahead to the next week’s big games.
I want to keep you updated with Twitter (follow me @JaysonJenks). I want to incorporate fun videos featuring athletes. I want to do live chats Friday nights, so you can follow a game and so others can post updates. And, lastly, I want to tell the best stories possible, with the most care, effort and detail as possible.
I want to tell stories about kids overcoming adversity, people beating the odds, teams succeeding, coaches having an impact and anything or anyone that might be inspirational. I also want to know if something isn’t right with a team or school, if there is something we at The Seattle Times need to investigate or look into. I want to be the person you think of when you have a story worth telling.
Every team and every school have stories to tell. The trick is unearthing them. That’s my job, and I will work hard to do that. But I also will need the help of all of you to do that.
So give me a call (206-464-8277) or send me emails (email@example.com). Send them all the time if you’d like. Send them to tell me about something that’s going on. Send them to complain about something I missed. Send them to tell me how I could do better. I have no problem taking criticism. You’re passionate about your sports and fiercely protective of your teams. All I ask is that you also help me find stories.
I want everyone to feel like they have a voice in the high-school coverage. Judging by what I’ve seen already, I don’t think that will be a problem.