You may be wondering why you should bother reading the sports section of The Daily News this year or asking yourself how it is possible for this section to consistently put out stories without any intercollegiate athletics going on at Ball State.
As I am quarantining for 14 days at home in Indianapolis, I can tell you firsthand it will not be easy. Despite living through uncertain times, there are no excuses, and the sports section still plans on providing you with as much meaningful content as possible.
Even in times of normalcy, the primary goal of The Daily News is to give a voice to people who may not typically have one. This goal is magnified in the midst of a global pandemic, stripping playing time away from many of Ball State’s talented athletes whose voice comes from playing the sport they love, so it will be our job to make sure they do not lose it.
There are athletes who will benefit from the extended time off and others who will struggle. There are athletes who improved their game while quarantined and will not have the opportunity to show it. The bottom line is there are so many people whose voices are waiting to be heard, and it is our job to make sure they are.
As student journalists, we know the professionals don’t make a living from game recaps — they make a living by telling powerful stories and impacting those who read them. We would be selling ourselves short if we assumed that because there’s no competition, there isn’t a powerful story to be told.
If anything, there are more stories waiting to be written than ever before, and we will make sure they are shared. Behind the scenes, we are working late nights trying to put together the best content possible. My reporters and I would be lying to you if we said it was easy. I can’t be part of the storytelling process in person, and I can no longer work with my peers face to face. Almost all of our work is done virtually, and while this is the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it makes things difficult.
Luckily, the sports section has great people around it to help all of our goals come to fruition. With that being said, our main goal is to stay safe. Nothing is normal right now, and we have to make sure we can do our jobs in the safest way possible. Despite this, time keeps ticking, and stories need to be written.
We are doing the best we can to find as many stories as possible, but please let us know if there are any you would like us to tell.
Ian Hansen, Daily News Sports Editor