The professional that I am planning on interviewing is John Alton. In 2011, John and his wife founded Florida Swim Network, which is Florida’s leading source for swimming news. With the help of his broadcast partners, John has been given the opportunity to travel to swim meets all throughout the state of Florida to report video coverage of some of the best swim meets and swimmers in the country. John also writes stories and blogs on the popular topics in swimming, and his posts have been utilized as a source by a diverse array of media outlets.
John grew up as a swimmer in Florida, and continued his swimming career collegiately at the University of Florida. After graduating, he became a coach in the Orlando area. He coached athletes of all levels, including Olympic Trials qualifiers. In order to spread his passion for swimming, John created Florida Swim Network. Most recently, Florida Swim Network has become the primary outlet for University of Florida Swimming news and broadcasting. Florida Swim Network has been given the opportunity to have their broadcasts shown on ESPN, the SEC Network, and they have even started their own weekly TV Show called “On Deck with Florida Swim Network.”
I chose to interview John because I am interested in sports journalism, and I truly believe that listening is one of the most important aspects of his job. He cannot report the most accurate news without listening attentively to others and creating meaningful conversation.