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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 Los Angeles, Calif. I focus primarily on sports — and focusing even more on baseball — but I write hard news from time to time. I'm currently an M.S. candidate in Journalism at the University of Southern California, where I'm honing my video and audio skills to become a do-it-all journalist.
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.)
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.
My true passion 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.
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.