#MediaMonday – Tyler Bassett

Each Monday, we are posting a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better.
With a TWIST!
No, we aren’t posting story pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!
Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Tyler Bassett, sports content editor of KTAR.
So, Tyler, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
I wake up each day wanting to go to work and never actually having it feel like “work.” In that regard, I feel pretty lucky to be in the position I’m in but also know that I’ve went after what I wanted in my career.
I’ve been interested in news and the media ever since I can remember. I used to read the newspaper on a daily basis as soon as I could read. I watch ESPN (and now many other specialized sports and news channels) religiously.
I always want to know what’s going on and stay up to date on the most current happenings. Being editor of KTAR.com & ArizonaSports.com allows me to do just that.
As a student in college I was able to have internships with a television station, radio station and two different web sites. I felt writing and editing suited me best.
In being in a newsroom on a daily basis I enjoy being “in the know” while presenting that news to the general public and making sure they are aware of what is happening around them.
Recently, my job duties have changed a bit and expanded as I have now moved over to KTAR.com on a daily basis and ArizonaSports.com in the bigger picture of things. It had been where I was the editor of ArizonaSports.com.
I do everything from helping plan the news coverage for that day, reacting to things as they happen in breaking news, putting together a game plan for big events and seeing the big picture of where our sites need to grow based on what our users want and need to know.
The biggest challenge right now is how fast the profession is changing — especially from a web site view of things because of how many web sites are competing for page views, as well as the explosion of social media.
I’m excited about the new challenge.
I encourage anyone to get involved in social media as it continues to grow and grow. It’s a great way to keep informed with the news as well as keep up with your favorite teams, celebs, players, media members and — of course — friends.
You can interact with me on Facebook here and on twitter here.

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at Jul 25, 2011

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