To help you get to know our newsroom staff a bit better, a series of question-and-answer posts with each journalist will run on Mondays. This morning, meet Matt Goul, a multiplatform journalist in the sports department. You might have seen him in an episode of GameTimePA TV or read his posts on The Varsity Beat.
Name: Matt Goul
Lives in: York
Hometown: Northeast Ohio
Position at the YDR: Sports copy editor/reporter/videographer
Years with the YDR: Three
Graduated from: Kent State
With a degree in: Newspaper journalism
1. What made you want to become a journalist? My love for analyzing basketball in high school. My dream job has always been to be a college basketball beat reporter.
2. How do you see journalism changing? I think it’s already changed, and the YDR was just one of the few papers not behind the curve.
3. What do you like most about your job? The least? Interacting with the people I cover is definitely the best part. The worst part is definitely the hours.
4. It’s 9:30 a.m. on a day off. What are you doing? Sleeping
5. What’s been your favorite project or story recently? Why? The shift of high school girls’ soccer moving to the fall. It was the first time I’ve been able to work on an in-depth feature since joining the YDR, and I miss writing such stories.
6. The drink that’s on your desk right now is: Kool-Aid
7. Your favorite journalism-related blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: I’ve gotten away from content that analyzes the journalism industry.
8. What’s your favorite movie? Book? Too many to name. White Men Can’t Jump, Lean On Me, Ghostbusters
9. What’s your favorite place in York County? The road that leads out of York County (I-83).
10. What’s one piece of newsroom jargon that had to be explained to you? What’s an interstitial link. I also was once made fun of for my explanation of why -30- is used at the end of stories. [Editor's note: An interstitial link is a link to an source on the web outside of the York Daily Record sites, where rather than linking directly, we create a page on our website with a short sentence or paragraph and include the link there.]
Last week, we ran a Q&A with image technician Brenda Hake. To read all of the staff Q&A interviews we’ve done so far, click on the “Staff Q&As” under “About us” at the top of the homepage.