The Sudden End of My Sports Writing Stint

The sudden end of my sports writing stint

Last August I was lucky enough to start working for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaiʻi Prep World (this was my first published recap) as a part-time sportswriter covering weekly high school football games, and that job was the most important part of my early post-grad. You may remember that I became severely depressed (a too honest post here) after I graduated when I was unemployed for four months and missed my life in Waco, so being hired by these two publications to write about football was an immense privilege. Once football was over, the newspaper called me back to work as a part-time sports clerk twice a week and I officially became one of their employees (and only the second woman in the sports department). Even though clerking from 5-10 p.m. after my regular 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. hours was exhausting and draining, I was grateful for the second job and opportunities to occasionally write about spring sports events. Unfortunately, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser president and publisher laid off 30 of my colleagues and me all of a sudden last night despite ongoing discussions about budget cuts and furloughs with our union. The sudden end of my sports writing gig has been shocking and devastating even though I’m (or was) just a part-time employee of the press. Writing about (mostly) Division II high school football was mainly what kept me alive and going when I had no desire to do so in 2019. I met so many incredibly athletes, coaches, and staff who were kind and respectful and never treated me differently because I was a girl. I was also fortunate to work with a small group of men in the newsroom who were just as welcoming from the beginning. I’m still devastated about the sudden end of my time with the newspaper, but I hope that one day they’ll hire everyone back to share the news that Hawaiʻi needs. If you support Hawaiʻi journalism, please contact Star-Advertiser president and publisher Dennis Francis at dfrancis@staradvertiser.com or at (808) 529-4702 so we can #SaveHawaiiNews.

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