The place has been crammed: Hunt for the first Taylor Swift reporter ends – Nationwide

Arizona journalist Bryan West resides each Swiftie‘s wildest goals

Lately, it appears like Taylor Swift is in every single place. Whether or not it’s her extremely profitable Eras Tour or the regular launch of her re-recorded Taylor’s Model albums, the cultural affect of Swift is simple.

So, when Gannett, the most important newspaper chain within the U.S., posted a job discover for a full-time Taylor Swift reporter in September, it simply made sense.

As anticipated, the posting additionally triggered a tsunami of purposes from keen Swift followers vying for the first-of-its-kind place. (Even a “very established White Home reporter” allegedly threw their hat within the ring, in response to a Gannett government.)

On Monday, Selection lastly confirmed West — a 35-year-old self-proclaimed Swiftie — landed the coveted gig.

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West, who not too long ago moved from Arizona to Nashville, will probably be understanding of The Tennessean newsroom and can have his work revealed in USA Right this moment, in addition to Gannett’s greater than 200 native dailies.

West must be Fearless in his reporting, particularly when combatting those that don’t imagine the Swift beat is worth it.

“I’d say this place’s no totally different than being a sports activities journalist who’s a fan of the house group,” West instructed Selection.

“I’m only a fan of Taylor and I’ve adopted her entire profession, however I even have that journalistic background: going to Northwestern, successful awards, working in newsrooms throughout the nation,” he defined. “I believe that’s the enjoyable of this job is that, yeah, you’ll be able to discuss Easter eggs, however it actually is extra of the seriousness, just like the affect that she has on society and enterprise and music.”

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As a part of his software, West submitted a video outlining 13 explanation why he ought to be employed for the reporting job — an homage to the singer’s fortunate set of numbers.

Within the five-minute video, West’s rationale included his expertise in fast-paced information environments, his capability to report with out bias and, in fact, his love for Swift. (West joked his infatuation with Swift is so robust that he thought he “may very well be straight” after posing with the singer at a 2018 meet-and-greet).

West instructed Selection his love for Swift is so robust, it’s even earned him a repute amongst his former newsroom colleagues.

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“The newscasters would make enjoyable of me, saying issues like, ‘We’re shocked Bryan didn’t name in sick to work as we speak as a result of Taylor launched a brand new album,’” he recalled.

All in all, it appears like West is the appropriate man for the job. Hopefully the opposite candidates gained’t harbour any dangerous blood. 

After saying the Taylor Swift reporting place, Gannett additionally put a name out for a full-time journalist to cowl all issues Beyoncé. The function has but to be crammed.

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