To help you get to know our newsroom staff a bit better, a series of question-and-answer sessions with journalists will be posted on our blog. Today, meet reporter Adam Michael. Adam covers Hanover Borough and the Hanover School Board, and occasionally works on assignments for GameTimePA.com. He likes to rap, read and start sentences with “I was listening to this podcast…”
Name: Adam Michael
Lives in: Gettysburg, PA
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
Position at The Evening Sun: Hanover Borough Reporter
Years with The Evening Sun: ⅓ of one
Graduated from: Penn State
With a degree in: Journalism
1. What made you want to become a journalist? Peter Parker worked for a newspaper and I’m not a very good photographer. It was a solid compromise.
2. If you weren’t a journalist, what type of career would you pursue? I used to think I wanted to be a teacher but now I’d probably say a stand-up comedian.
3. What do you like most about your job? I enjoy feeling like I have my hand on the pulse of a community. I haven’t been in Hanover long enough to claim that, but I look forward to feeling that way in the future.
The least? Waking up for work seven hours after I got home from work the night before.
4. It’s 9:30 a.m. on a day off. What are you doing? Playing Candy Crush on my iPhone. Judge me. I don’t care.
5. What’s been your favorite project or story recently? Even though it was a tough time for the community, I got a lot out of writing about the passing of Delone Catholic boys’ basketball coach Jim Dooley.
Why? I enjoy writing stories that touch every part of the emotional spectrum. Dooley was deeply respected in the community and had a dynamic personality that many will miss. Those who knew him best laughed, cried and discovered their own elements of truth while revealing their stories. There aren’t many moments where people allow themselves to be vulnerable, and I always appreciate that.
6. What’s the strangest thing on your desk? A black and white photograph of The Real Davy Crockett from York’s classic hits radio station.
Why is it there? Shane Dunlap, an Evening Sun photographer, gave it to me as a gag gift one of my first days here. I’d worked for Davy Crockett at a hot dog shop he owned in Gettysburg called The Dog House. While working there, he told me writing was a lot like being a DJ: If you can envision yourself happy doing anything else professionally, do that instead. He was right. This is a labor of love.
7. Your favorite journalism-related blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: I used to read a website called Fire Joe Morgan which called out old-timey sports writers for their romantic relationship with the intangibles in athletics. It was informative and hilarious. I haven’t found a thing that could replace it since they stopped writing.
8. What’s your favorite movie/Book/TV show? Movie: “Pulp Fiction.” Book: “Crime and Punishment.” TV Show: “Breaking Bad.”
9. What’s one of your favorite hobbies? I’m a closet hip-hop fan and love memorizing and performing semi-famous rap songs.
10. What’s one piece of newsroom jargon that had to be explained to you? I always kind of liked that the opening paragraph was called a lead, but it drives me nuts when people spell it lede. It looks very dainty. Not like something that would reach out and grab you, the way a good lead always should.