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Jen Mac Ramos — who are they?
I was debating having this in the third person, but I will never steal as many bases as Rickey Henderson, so here it goes.
I'm a journalist currently based in the Central Valley of California. I focus primarily on sports — and focusing even more on baseball — but I write hard news from time to time. I'm currently a freelance journalist and a podcaster.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College, located in Oakland, Calif. That means I can critically think about the homoerotic subtext in Ernest Hemingway's novels. I also have a minor in journalism and emphasized in economics. I once turned down art school because I like numbers too much.
My education at Mills has also taught me to be aware about race, sexuality, gender, and neurodiversity, and that often finds its way into my work. Projects I worked on at USC include the struggles of women in sports journalism and sexual violence prevention in college athletics. I aim to explore the relations of race, sexuality, gender, and neurodiversity and how it connects within society. (Also, my preferred pronouns, as you may have noticed, are they/them. I'm not offended if you use she/her.)
I have a Master of Science in Journalism from the University of Southern California. There, I focused on digital and data journalism, taking a lot of front-end web development courses and data courses, learning SQL, R, and Python in the process. I also learned a lot about audio editing.
Because of this academic background, I want to take the data journalism skills I learned at USC to find stories that speak to people of all backgrounds and are of great importance to their communities.
One of my passions as a writer and as a storyteller, however, is Minor League Baseball. I like the stories about the guys who are trying to make it to the bigs and the stories about the journeymen. There's a story everywhere you look at a minor league park, all connected together by the common goal of making it to the big leagues one day.
I also like doing amateur scouting and analysis. I'm not the best at it, but gosh darn it, I am learning. I'm also a fairly intermediate sabermetrician who likes looking at PITCHf/x data and velocity charts. Also your standard RE24 numbers.
The other passion I have as a writer and as a photographer is the effects of the economy, society, and history on a culture. From taking photos of faded trucks on a service road in the Tehachapi Mountains to the current sites of strikes from days past, locations have a story to tell through its history and current day incarnation.
Front-end web development is another thing I'm interested in. I know HTML5 and CSS3 pretty well and I'm in the process of learning jQuery. I even built this website from scratch after I decided that I didn't want to use templates or WordPress anymore. I find it to be a useful tool when designing layout for a story.
If you can't already tell, I have a penchant for being wordy. So go forth and click away.