The writer I’m choosing to follow over the course of the semester is Ryan O’Gara with The Star Press in Muncie, Indiana. Over the summer, I interned with The Star Press, and I really took a liking to the style of O’Gara’s writing. He’s been with The Star Press for a couple of years and has been able to cover a nice range of stories. Now, he serves as the chief Ball State sports reporter, however, he still covers athletes in the Muncie area.
At The Star Press, the sports section is a little difference in the sense that sports aren’t covered traditionally. This is why I wanted to focus more on a sports writer at The Star Press. There, writers focus on finding sports for the non-sports fan, which is why I think I was so drawn to O’Gara’s reporting. O’Gara implements sharp observations in his reporting about the player’s performance though the use of statistics and overall season performance. However, his main content focuses on the feature aspect of sports, covering athletes and sports professionals in a way that makes me care about sports.
O’Gara utilizes strong verbiage throughout his pieces and creates visual images to help the reader be there with the subject. His writing engages me because it isn’t bogged down with sports jargon, rather uses simple language to illustrate a telling article. His work puts me there with the athlete, experiencing what they’re going through at a pivotal time of their career. Mainly, I think of O’Gara’s piece on Ball State men’s basketball team guard Tayler Persons. It followed his weight loss and training regimen over the summer to gear up for a new season. It made me appreciate the athlete experience more, while learning more about the Ball State sports community.
The only aspect I don’t enjoy about O’Gara’s work is sometimes it has the tendency to get editorial through the use of verbs that carry too much emotion.
Mary Freda is a senior news journalism and Spanish major at Ball State University.
In 2018, Mary was one of 10 students selected to participate in Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Internship, where she was assigned to work at The Star Press as a general assignment, news reporter.
Currently, Mary works as a stringer reporter for The Commercial Review and The Star Press.