As long as I can remember, I have loved to write.

Whether it was writing my own comics as an elementary school-aged kid or putting together a book report in high school or college, there’s always been something about telling a story that has always appealed to me.

When I was a junior in high school I discovered newspapers as an outlet for writing by taking my first journalism class.

I almost immediately was hooked on newspaper writing, and, for me, the rest is history.

As I’ve grown up in the newspaper business, I realize more and more what a privilege and a joy it is to bring people the stories happening in their community, whether it’s a recap of a game or a tale of an interesting individual.

As the sports editor of The Galveston County Daily News, it’s an experience I would like to extend to anyone who thinks they have the reporting chops and would like to give it a try.

If you’re a high school kid just finding an interest in sports journalism, a retired sports fanatic looking for a new activity or anything in between, The Daily News is looking for freelance sports writers to help make our sports coverage more complete as the school year looms around the corner.

Ideal candidates should have schedules flexible enough to attend evening games during the week, and possess strong writing skills, have strong attention to detail and — most importantly — can write articles on tight deadlines.

In addition to reporting on the story, score and interesting statistics on high school games, the writer, depending on skill level, will also be extended opportunities to tackle more enterprising, feature stories.

Those interested in becoming a valuable member of the Daily News’ sports team, and would like to see their names and stories printed in the newspaper and online should send a short letter explaining their interest, a resume and writing samples (if available) to james.lacombe@galvnews.com.

Those who have further questions before submitting their applications for the position are also encouraged to email james.lacombe@galvnews.com.

James LaCombe is the Sports Editor of The Daily News. Contact him at 409-683-5242 or james.lacombe@galvnews.com.

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