Recent graduate Caleb Lynn, B.A.J. ’21, landed his first job out of college – a sports editor position at the Perry County News – this past September.
Lynn looked for a job for about four months after graduation.
“Searching for a journalism job is not easy,” he said. “It takes patience, trust, and confidence in yourself to not just settle for a job. In fact, there could be days where all those job applications you fill out might seem like it’s never enough. However, if you put the work in and always look for opportunities to get better then it will come together.”
Lynn gained real-world work experience while a student at the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. He worked as a sports desk clerk at IndyStar while attending IUPUI, and covered men’s basketball games during the 2021 NCAA tournament as part of the Sports Capital Journalism Program. He is also the host of a sports-focused podcast called Lynn-Sanity.
The transition from college to full-time job is going well, Lynn said.
“The staff I work with has been terrific with helping me through the process,” he said. “My goal since I’ve gotten this job is to not focus on being perfect. Instead, I’m trying to think about progress and improving in my craft with this new opportunity. I’m just trying to be better every single day.”
Lynn covers several sporting events per week, including high school basketball, wrestling, swimming, football, and more.
“My favorite thing about this job is the opportunity I have to detail great stories,” he said. “Perry County is a very tight community, and there are lots of really cool and unique ideas to write about.”
One example: Lynn’s story about the wrestling team at Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School. The team members have grown up with each other since elementary school and are looking to repeat as champions.
Lynn said that he hopes to give back to the Perry County News because the publication has already done so much for him.
“[Being a sportswriter] has always been a dream of mine, and it has been awesome to now have this position,” he said.
Follow Lynn’s reporting on Twitter at @CalebLynn1.