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Jose GarciaMultimedia Journalist/Historian firstname.lastname@example.org
An alarming 1st dayAug 14, 2012
Setting off the alarm to a building isn't the best way to make a good first impression the first day on the job.
Luckily, the cops didn't show up to embarrass me even more. Monday was my first day working for the Arizona Interscholastic Association and its website, aia365.com.
My official title is multimedia journalist/historian, but consider it an evolving tag as aia365.com continues to grow. In a way, not much has changed since my last gig.
I'm still covering high school sports and will work with another great crew, including the dean of East Valley high school sports, Les Willsey, and another friend, Don Ketchum. I'll also continue to attend the AIA's executive board meetings as well as update you on other important meetings that happen regularly at the AIA.
But covering Arizona's high school athletes, keeping track of their accomplishments and staying in touch with athletes as they move forward in life are the most important jobs I’ll have at the AIA. Fortunately, there are a lot of dedicated people at aia365.com that will help do the same.
More than 30 individuals will, in one way or another, cover Arizona high school events for aia365.com. Plus, aia365.com partnered withmaxpreps.com, one of the nation's leaders in high school coverage, to bring you as much high school sports information as possible, including scores, rosters and stats.
It's impossible to be at every event, but high school sports fans, coaches, athletes and administrators can also keep everybody informed on their school's accomplishments, as there's a site for each school on aia365.com. But even with all of the resources aia365.com has, it's impossible to replace what one man did for Arizona high school schools for 34 years.
Barry Sollenberger was one of Arizona's high school sports walking encyclopedias, and if a reporter printed the wrong information about a state record, you’d get a letter from Sollenberger, pointing out the error. So I'm going to try my best to guard Sollenberger's record books and not trigger any more alarms.