Gerrit Van Genderen is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University pursuing a career in online media, print media and media relations – preferably in sports.
He is the former managing editor of The Appalachian where he additionally worked as a news reporter covering campus news. He also interned at The Watauga Democrat as a sports journalist and for the Cary Post 67 American Legion baseball program as the sports information director.
He graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. degree in journalism and a minor in media studies in May 2015.
Since a young age, I’d try to read as much of the News & Observer’s sports page while eating breakfast before heading to school. From the box scores and AP national sports blurbs to the in-depth features on the North Carolina State Wolfpack & UNC Tarheels, sports journalism has intrigued me.
While being interviewed by J. Mike Blake of the Cary News after a Cary Post 67 American Legion baseball game during the summer before I went to college, I realized journalism, particularly sports journalism, was my chosen career path.
As a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, I’m currently seeking full-time employment in print and online media as well as media relations, preferably in sports media.
My experience as the managing editor for The Appalachian, a student publication that published bi-weekly print products and daily online content, gave me a vast set of skills to transition into the ever-changing media industry. I oversaw and managed all published content from the publication’s four desks – news, arts and entertainment, opinion and sports.
Additionally, I improved my skills in social media, photography and video while aiding my staff with feature writing and breaking news coverage.
Previous work experience includes serving as a sports journalist intern for the Watauga Democrat in the summer of 2014 where I covered sports events & features in Watauga County, Ashe County & Appalachian State University. In addition, I was the sports information director for the Cary American Legion Post 67 baseball program during the summer of 2013. As the S.I. director I created & maintained a website and social media platforms for the program, interacted with members of the local media, wrote post-game summaries and press releases and maintained statistics.