May 27, 2021

Day 4 Sticking up for others

Francisco Rosa

For an extremely long time my dream has been to be a sports writer, I’ve never really considered much else once I locked on to that goal more than six years ago. I’ve never really even considered other aspects of the sports media industry as a potential career until today.

During our earliest session of the day with Iliana Limón Romero, deputy sports editor of the L.A. Times, I realized just how rewarding a job as a sports editor is. No, I'm not talking about the salary or monetary gain, but just the sheer satisfaction of being able to enable change for others, especially those who need it the most.

I just completed my first semester as the sports editor at my school newspaper. I follow in the footsteps of three straight white men, and I think I never really realized the gravitas of the position that I hold until today.

Romero brought to our attention the importance of striving for change in an industry that needs it desperately. We've heard and been shown throughout the week that sports journalism continues to be overly white and overly male. 

While she was  sports editor of the Orlando Sentinel, Romero was able to bring in real change in terms of diversity to a newsroom that needed diverse voices and storytellers, and she continues to do so now at the L.A. Times.

Being able to use my voice as an editor  to help create change for the better is something that has been pulling at me ever since, and it’s definitely something that I’m thinking about.

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