Hey all! This past week I was able to conduct an interview through Email with Richard Partheymuller, who maintains a Rowan University lacrosse blog called, “Face-Prof Lacrosse.” As a fellow sports blogger I found this blog to be interesting because it provided information about Rowan University’s Club Llacrosse team.
Richard is from Jackson, New Jersey and a senior here at Rowan who is about to graduate soon with a degree in Journalism. I asked Richard how long he has been blogging; and when he first started maintaining his Rowan University Men’s Club Lacrosse team blog.
“A little more than a year ago, I took Online Journalism with Professor Sullivan here at Rowan. I had to pick a beat, and I had a lot of trouble coming up with a beat,” Partheymuller said.
Richard went on to add the following, “I played lacrosse for three years at Jackson Memorial High School and one year at Ocean County College. I knew and still know a lot about the sport, and so, I figured I’d try out a blog about the club Men’s lacrosse team here.”
“At first, I was actually a little hesitant at first. I actually thought about playing for the team myself, but I was just getting started at rowan last year, so I unfairly judged the team before I even met them and thought the team was preppy. To my surprise, I found out who these guys really are. They trusted me enough to let me cover them for the class, and by the time that January rolled around, I was absolutely certain that the blog wouldn’t stop with the class. I grew attached to the team and have been following them independently ever since,” Partheymuller stated.
In addition to this, Richard said that the hardest part about maintaining the blog was focusing on it while trying to balance doing work and assignments for other classes as well. “I’ve had to choose quite a few times whether I wanted to work on homework or if I would finish the latest blog post. Along with that component, it takes a toll on you sometimes when you have to stay up to 2 a.m. editing video. Being so attached to the team makes it difficult sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I will gladly stay up and lose sleep for their sake,” he stated.
Partheymuller also took some time to talk about the role that he thinks blogging should play in the future of Journalism. As a fellow Journalism major I was interested to see what he had to say.
” Blogging really is a critical component to journalism. The gray-area we’re facing in the world of journalism is that there are a lot of opinion blogs. Coming across a good blog that credits sources and doesn’t opinioated their topic because of hurt feelings. There are tons of niches but the truth is that the markets get crowded with blogs on the same topics. There are countless parenting blogs and countless health or fitness blogs out there. Finding a market that you know you can stand out is probably the biggest obstacle for blog-inclined journalists,” said Partheymuller.
Partheymuller also revealed his favorite aspect of covering the Lacrosse team, he stated he liked being involved with the team and getting to know the players.
“The guys on the team are really great and really great to be around. I love being involved with the team and getting to see them at their best and feel with them when they’re at their worst. I got to see them win games and I’ve had to stand and watch them lose games. That’s why one of the hardest parts is being behind the camera at times. It’s because you sometimes become emotionally involved in the team too. I might see them losing but I have to stand and keep filming. Being around them is just fantastic though, I get to hear their camaraderie and their excitement on the sidelines and I can’t help but cheer too sometimes. I’ve overheard a sports journalism class once where the professor said that you can’t do that. You can’t cheer when you’re reporting. The fact I’ve grown so attached to this team is probably frowned upon in the journalism world. I try to ignore those thoughts though. I just never felt inclined to follow that rule when it came to this team. The traveling’s pretty nice too. I loved going to Maryland last year and getting to see Washington D.C,” Partheymuller stated.
In the end, as a relatively new blogger I asked Partheymuller for some advice as well as advice for others that are starting their own blog. He was able to provide the following.
“Put the work into it. Put a lot of work into it. It may be a hobby at first, but if you’re serious about using blogging to promote yourself, you have to give it a little more effort than you’d expect. Learn to make sacrifices to go along with the demands of timeliness, because you can’t always procrastinate on an important beat. Always charge your devices. Wherever your beat takes you, scout out the area for power outlets, you’re going to need those. Learn to use the bathroom beforehand. Proofread your work or have somebody else do it for you. Remember that social media is your best friend when it comes to blogging and promoting yourself. Lastly, make good relations with your sources and don’t treat them as projects, treat them as people with a story to tell.”
I was glad that I got the opportunity to ask Richard a fellow sports blogger some questions; and looking through his blog I was able to see that he put a lot of hard work and dedication into it. In the future I plan to attend a club lacrosse game and see the team in action, until next time GO PROFS!