This article was written for my Sports Writing class at Temple University.
By Candice Monhollan
Sometimes for journalists to catch their break, it takes being in the right place at the right time.
In the case of Mike Ashmore, it was sitting in his sports journalism class at Raritan Valley Community College in 2003 that got him the start he needed.
“The Somerset Patriots beat writer for the Hunterdon County Democrat, Scott Stanchak, was in my class,” Ashmore said. “I happened to be taking a look at some pictures of Patriots games that I had taken on my computer and he needed someone to help him out with pictures for the season.”
Stanchak brought Ashmore on to help him during the season and by the end, he progressed into writing. In 2006, Ashmore took over for Stanchak and became the Patriots beat writer and has since added the Trenton Thunder as well, he said.
The 29 year old got his start in minor league baseball and is now in his 10th season and just passed his 1,000th game covered, but they haven’t all been about baseball. He has also ventured into other sports, including hockey, basketball, football and the UFC.
Ashmore has varied in leagues as well, going from the minors up to the major leagues.
“There was some aspect of wanting to expand,” Ashmore said. “I wanted to have more versatility in my resume and my portfolio. I wanted to show that I could do more than just baseball.”