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The Young Unprofessionals
43 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
"The Great Pause" with Jordan and Jimmy
Jordan Horrobin is a seasonal reporter for MLB.com. Jimmy Watkins covers prep sports and Kansas State for the Manhattan Mercury. They discussed the end (for now) of the Young Unprofessionals, paper fortune tellers, what circumstances the pod might return under and more. Kyle Henke is a director's assistant for FX's "American Horror Stories." Thank you, Kyle.
67 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
"You Can Be Caring" with Lisa Wilson of The Athletic
Lisa Wilson is the Editorial Director at the Athletic. She joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss her journey from TJ Maxx employee to standout editor, how she managed a section (and raised a child) while mourning her husband's death, how effectively newsrooms are executing their diversity strategies and more. Then, Jordan offers insight on his new job at MLB.com and the journey that brought him there. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
68 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
"Adjust On The Fly" with Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal
Jim Polzin covers Wisconsin basketball and football for the Wisconsin State Journal. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss coverage hiccups at the NCAA Tournament, his story on the Badgers' strength and conditioning department, Saul Phillips memories and more. Then, Jordan and Jimmy discuss Cinnamon Toast Crunch's shrimp fiasco and the eccentricities of Facebook Marketplace. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
64 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
"Chronicling Cinderella" with David Woods of the Indy Star
David Woods covers Butler basketball and Olympic sports for the Indy Star. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss covering Butler's pair of captivating tournament runs last decade, the difference between access in college football and college basketball, how he prepares for the Olympics and more. Then, Jordan and Jimmy discuss their beloved Bobcats making the Big Dance and consider who is the tougher dinner guest: "Bracket Guy" or "Fantasy Football Guy." Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
60 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
"Prepared For Anything" with Ryan Herrera of the Houston Chronicle/MLB.com
Ryan Herrera is an intern for the Houston Chronicle and will soon join MLB.com as a seasonal reporter. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss his delayed Chronicle internship, teaching high school students over zoom, the value of live-tweeting events and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy debate underscores and pizza toppings, and Jordan pays homage to a special someone. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
39 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
"The Sunflower State" with Jimmy and Jordan
That's right folks, this here is a Jimmy episode. No would blame you for scrolling past. Jordan interviews the newly-minted Manhattan Mercury reporter about his move to Kansas. Why did Jimmy move? How was the drive? What will he miss about Ohio? Can you name the Kansas State bird? They discuss all that and more. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
66 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
"Authorized Media" with Bryan Curtis of The Ringer
Bryan Curtis hosts The Press Box and serves as Editor-at-large of The Ringer. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss reporting on reporters, athletes' influence over their portrayals, Bryan's recent Jim Nantz story and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy discuss "some personal news" culture and a harrowing trip to Buffalo. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
56 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
"Straight Down The Middle" With Jorge Castillo of the LA Times
Jorge Castillo covers the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss his Clayton Kershaw profile, covering Justin Turner's COVID mishap, utilizing his bilingual talents and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy discuss the Jalen Johnson blowback and a controversial news story concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
66 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
"Knocking On Doors" With Tommy Deas of Gannett South Region
Tommy Deas is the SEC and Alabama sports editor for Gannett South Region (part of the USA TODAY Sports Network) and a former APSE President. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss becoming a published sportswriter as a teen, the Tuscaloosa News' Pulitzer Prize-winning tornado coverage from 2011, the legendary APSE arm wrestling competition and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy poke fun at bad job interview answers. Support the show by signing up for Instacart here.
66 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
"Digging Through Docs" with Henry Bushnell of Yahoo Sports
Henry Bushnell is a features writer for Yahoo Sports. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss reporting his Ara Zobayan feature, covering global soccer competitions from his U.S. home, proper sleep habits and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy talk boneless wings and other Super Bowl snacks.
67 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
"Shamelessly Outgoing" With Leah Vann of The Gazette
Leah Vann covers Iowa football for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Leah joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss her plan for the Iowa beat, journalism grad school, covering winter sports at a previous job in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and more.
63 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
"A Leap Of Faith" With Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now
Sheng Peng covers the San Jose Sharks as the editor-in-chief of San Jose Hockey Now. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss joining the subscriber-based outlet during a pandemic, the long, often unpaid path that preceded his hiring and how to write stories that stand out in a crowded media landscape. Then, Jordan and Jimmy wonder if they'll recognize when they've lost their writing fastballs.
60 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
"Sports Fan Shepherds" with Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press
Kirkland Crawford is the Sports Editor at the Detroit Free Press. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss a sports section's responsibility to its audience, why online vs. print is like cheeseburgers vs. steak, his deep connection to Detroit and more.
68 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
"It Ain't Your Byline" with Mike Harris of The Athletic
Mike Harris is a senior editor and manages the universal copy desk at The Athletic. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss the importance of copy desks and in-person media access, Frank Beamer's media savvy, Mike's love of concerts and more.
72 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
"Betting Prose" with Jason Sobel of The Action Network
Jason Sobel covers the PGA and LPGA Tours for The Action Network. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss the long hours he logged as espn.com's golf writer and editor, mining for stories that stand out during a tournament, how to decipher the best betting odds in with so many competitors and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy make their New Year's resolutions.
31 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
"The Only Good Christmas Songs" with Jordan and Jimmy
Jordan and Jimmy fly solo this week to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their family Christmas traditions, remember their all-time favorite presents, explain why both of them are terrible to shop for and more.
72 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
"Battling Brand Names" with Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group
Kyle Goon covers the Lakers for the Southern California News Group. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss competing with media entities like the LA Times and ESPN, LeBron's all-encompassing media gravity, covering Kobe Bryant's death and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy discuss Kyrie Irving's latest tiff with the media and choose their first post-vaccine activities.
58 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
"Doing A Good Thing" with Steve Blackledge of the Columbus Dispatch
Steve Blackledge just finished a 34-year stint covering prep sports for the Columbus Dispatch. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss his career's unique stability, his next chapter, why he prefers preps instead of a pro or college beat and more. Then, Jordan and Jimmy discuss David Chang's triumph on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and share the best stories they read last week. Jordan's story: Russell Westbrook feature by Tim KeownJimmy's story: George Clooney story by Zach Baron
50 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
"A Relationship Business" With Robert Murray of FanSided
Robert Murray is a national MLB columnist for Fansided. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss breaking his first big story at age 18, building and maintaining source relationships, the proverbial "race to be first" on stories and more. Then Jordan and Jimmy analyze Thanksgiving side dish rankings.
66 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
“No Pearl-Clutching” with Wosny Lambre of The Athletic
Wosny Lambre (AKA Big Wos) is a cultural critic and NBA analyst for The Athletic and a founder/contributor at Count The Dings. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss his grassroots start in NBA media, the NBA’s player-reporter dynamics and his relationship with Bas and the rest of the good people over at Dreamville Records. Then, Jordan and Jimmy ponder the validity of an aggregated story about last week’s Graham Bensinger-Kevin Love interview.
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