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jim smith bio

Sports Writing

Sports writing was one of the foundations of Jim Smith’s career. While a journalism student at the University of Maine in the 1970s, he landed a formative job as a general assignment reporter, columnist and sports editor for the weekly Eastern Maine Sunday Reporter in Bangor, Maine. Seeking to build hometown readership in a market dominated by the Bangor Daily News, the Reporter looked for under-reported stories, covering youth and community activities. Jim cut his teeth as a professional journalist covering a plethora of “sports” – such as skeet shooting, dogsled racing, recreational flying and martial arts – that the Bangor Daily News was mostly ignoring.

While the Reporter folded after a year, the experience afforded Jim hands-on opportunities to fly an airplane, drive a race track pace car, successfully lead a flying target with a 12-gauge shotgun and tie a fly. The experience and clips led him to the second job in his career – editor of Millinocket, Maine’s weekly Katahdin Journal.

In the years since, while his career has gone in other directions, Jim has often found opportunities to write about sports. As a senior account executive at Ehrig & Associates in Seattle, he worked closely with the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club. That experience gave him opportunities to escort Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Willie Mays to media interviews while they were in town for Mariners’ promotions (an assignment of which Jim says, simply, “That ain’t workin’!”) He also developed an immensely successful, and award-winning, weekend “salute to local softball” campaign for the Mariners. At Cashman & Katz in Glastonbury, Connecticut, he did all of the writing and managed media relations for the agency’s award-winning campaign to attract the New England Patriots to Hartford. And he has written extensively about sports for the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Trinity College and Binghamton University.

Click on the links at left to see samples of Jim's sports writing.

“Jim Smith and I have worked on several projects together during my time at Trinity College. His first professional assignment for us was on our athletic brochure, and his thorough coverage of all 29 of our athletic teams was extremely well received and still garners compliments today. Jim has also written numerous articles highlighting a variety of topics ranging from Trinity sport 'streaks' to the 40th celebration of co-education and its impact on women’s athletics. I enjoy working with Jim because he enjoys his work. He is creative in his questioning and has the ability to weave all the stories and facts into a comprehensive story that folks are excited to read. He prepares for each assignment like an athlete preparing for a contest, and he scores each time!”

– Robin Sheppard
Associate Athletic Director Trinity College

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