My name is Ricky LaBlue, and I’m a young sports writer from Virginia Beach, Va. I graduated from Virginia Tech as a member of the Class of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism and currently reside in Blacksburg, Va. I am looking for full-time employment as a sports journalist.
As a student at Virginia Tech, I gained experience as a journalist with the Collegiate Times. My tenure with the Collegiate Times began as a columnist, moving into the opinions editor role at the end of my sophomore year. Just a few months after taking the opinions editor position, I moved into the sports editor role.
As sports editor, I served as the Collegiate Times’ beat writer for Virginia Tech football and women’s basketball. I collaborated with other members of the editorial staff to manage the sports staff and create a content plan for the sports section. I recruited and trained staff writers while also contributing to the design of the Times’ print section.
I was promoted to managing editor January 2015 and took over the editor in chief position in April 2015. For the next 13 months, I was in charge of managing the entire newspaper, collaborating with section editors and staff to create a paper-wide content plan. I worked with the company’s board president, editorial adviser and business manager to balance the Collegiate Times’ budget, and I was named the winner of the Virginia Tech Department of Communication’s 2016 John Eure Award in Journalism.
Before graduating, I gained valuable experience in other areas. I spent over a year freelancing for The Roanoke Times, covering events ranging from high school football to NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball. I also contributed to Fansided’s Piston Powered and Scout.com’s Pinstripes Plus.
In June 2016, I earned my first full-time professional job as the associate editor of TechSideline.com, an independent website covering Virginia Tech athletics since 1996. I was hired to serve as TSL’s primary football and recruiting writer, fulfilling traditional beat duties and maintaining TSL’s recruiting database.
In the two seasons I worked for TechSideline.com, I attended and covered all but two Virginia Tech football games. I was present at every Hokie home game and road games in Miami and Orlando, Fla., as well as Pittsburgh, Pa. and Atlanta, Ga.
While carrying out my original responsibilities, I also created TSL’s first podcast, “The TSL Podcast.” I was in charge of planning each week’s episode, recording and editing each episode, as well as publicizing the podcast.
In April 2018, I was laid off by TechSideline.com. I am now looking for my next opportunity in sports journalism.
In my nearly two years at TechSideline.com, I wrote hundreds of articles ranging from game recaps to in-depth analysis. You can view my entire portfolio here.
Here are six direct links to some of my favorite articles from the last several months that, I believe, show my versatility as a sports writer and journalist.
- How Virginia Tech football helped the university and greater community heal from the tragedy of the April 16, 2007 shooting
- Virginia Tech football uses goal-line stand to hold off Pittsburgh on Senior Day
- Recapping Virginia Tech’s 2017 Pro Day
- Virginia Tech men’s basketball upsets No. 15 Clemson
- An in-depth look at the NFL Draft preparation of Virginia Tech’s Tim Settle and Wyatt Teller
- Game notes from Virginia Tech football’s loss at Georgia Tech
You can listen to every episode of The TSL Podcast below.