Matt Tait, the KU football beat writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com, was named to Editor & Publishers “25 Under 35” list.
Tait, who joined the paper in 2007, covered high school sports before taking over the KU football beat when Dugan Arnett, now with The Star, left.
Says sports editor Tom Keegan: “Very much the modern journalist, Matt has led our transition to digital-first by drawing huge audiences to his blog, ‘Tale of the Tait,’ and by showing others how to do the same with their blogs.”
Tait tells young journalists to “understand the value of starting small and grinding” on assignments that don’t bring glory and notoriety.
“Two of the best pieces of advice I ever received were: 1) Show your dedication by doing the little things that no one else wants to do and by taking pride in the way you do them and making them unique, no matter how small; and 2) Don’t ever lose sight of the fact that you’re writing for your readers. If something is important to them you should make it important to you,” he told E&P.
Tommy Felts, managing editor of the Ottawa Citizen, was also named to the list.