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JVS student hired by media outlet

January 2, 2014
The Herald-Star

BLOOMINGDALE - Brandon Sweeney, a senior in the multimedia and design program at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, has become one of 400 paid, local sports journalist-contributors for

Sweeney was hired Dec. 10 by and the Rant Media Network, an independent sports platform based out of Chicago, which has been mentioned on the website for having secured a $3 million investment. Rant Sports is partnered with USA Today and FOX Sports. The website's content has been placed on other platforms, including ESPN, Rant Media has built its way to 11 million viewers a month, according to a press release from the sports media network.

Under the terms of his contract, Sweeney is required to submit seven articles of 250 to 750 words each and a slideshow each week. Sweeney was assigned to cover the Pittsburgh Steelers has rights to cover any other topic in the National Football League. Sweeney has four years of experience in sports journalism, having started writing when he was 14 years old on a blog he created. Using his own initiative, Sweeney found ways to interview athletes and agents over the phone as well as make a radio appearance on the Bottom Line Sports Show in 2010, stated the release.

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Sweeney said age wasn't a factor in his being hired, and that knowledge of sports is what's important in the world of sports jounalism. He was hired by Rant Sports shortly after he turned 18. His earnings will be based on the number of page views he attracts with his articles, according to the release.

"I hope this opportunity will lead me to bigger and and brighter days in my attempt to become a broadcast sports journalist," said Sweeney. "The sports journalism world has so many individuals with the same dream as I do, but what matters is how hard you are willing to work. That's what separates the good from the great."

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