In a long, unusually personal article published in The Oregonian this week, Jason Quick talks about the trials and triumphs of covering the Trail Blazers for 13 years. In the many anecdotes and examples, there was almost no mention of the games he covered or the athleticism of the ball players he followed. Instead, he focused on the delicacy of the relationships he had to build and maintain with a small group of guys.
Sometimes that meant holding back on a story – not the inclination of a reporter. He wrote:
Over the next 13 years, the balancing act between gaining trust and telling the truth was the most difficult aspect about covering the Blazers.”
That sort of sentence seems more at home coming from a political or national security reporter. But there’s clearly more to sports reporting than recounting a particular game. We’ll talk with Jason Quick about this hidden side of sports writing and find out how those lessons will play out in his new role as the beat writer for the Oregon Duck’s football team.
What are you most curious to know about what it’s like to be a beat reporter for a professional team?
- Jason Quick: Senior writer at The Oregonian.