Shooting Sports USA - September 2013 - 4

COMPETITOR'S CORNER

By Chip Lohman
Managing Editor

National Match Reporting
While NRA’s Director of Competitive Shooting, Dennis Willing, is wrapping
up this year’s National Matches at Camp Perry (he’s already in planning
meetings for 2014), here is information about how NRA conducts national
shooting match reporting—and an invitation to participate.
There have been three general sources for our “pool” of reporters:
(1) me; (2) a member of NRA’s Media Relations Office (currently staffed
with two reporters); and (3) field reporters whose names you’ll recognize
from past articles like: Hap Rocketto (smallbore), Jock Elliott (airgun),
Larry Bartholome (F-Class), Art Merrill (vintage military), Dr. Norman Wong
(shooting vision), Stanton Wormley (reloading and F-Class) and Anette
Wachter (Palma and Long Range). We’ve also been fortunate to have occasional “Professional Forum” articles submitted by national champions, the
most recent of which was Dave Lange’s very popular article on dry-firing.
While I will continue to attend, participate and report on five to six national
championships a year, the mission of the NRA Media Relations Office is
changing—for the better. Not to steal their thunder, but one of several
initiatives is to enlist the help of journalists from the local towns who host
our national matches. This not only helps us report on more matches, but it
enlists the local media as allies for the shooting sports.
That leaves field reporters as an area for growth. A reaction that I often
hear when talking to a knowledgeable shooter about an article is, “But, I can’t
write.” Well, as the Editor, that’s part of my job. Like packing the night before
a trip, I just need you to pile-up the material on the “bed” and let me do the
“packing.” In other words, if you can share insights about a national-level
match and collect a few photographs, I’ll help package it into a draft article for
you to review. As you might suspect, we’re looking for people who are very
well experienced in the discipline (3-Gun, Black Powder and Silhouette are
my current priorities). Just as you enjoy the credibility of our current authors,
we would expect the same details from you. Examples include: Was a new
national record set? Did naming a winner require a unique interpretation
of NRA rules? Is the winner a relative of another national champion? We’re
interested in insights and background information that may require a little
research, in addition to the match results bulletin.
If attending a national match near your home and sharing the
results with our readers appeals to you or someone you know, then please
contact me at: shootingsportsusa@nrahq.org and I’ll share more details
about the logistics, format, photography and modest pay scale.
See you on the line,

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