Martin A. Niland, Multimedia Communications Professional
My 30 years in professional journalism have given me in-depth knowledge about an incredible range of topics: Sports at all levels, energy/environmental issues and state, local and national news. I’ve managed news teams and broken big stories at newspapers, magazines, Web sites, national and worldwide wire services, and most recently, a cable TV news magazine and Web outlet with viewership in the hundreds of thousands.
As the Web Writer for energyNOW! News (formerly CleanSkies TV News), I was responsible for almost everything that was written on the Web site: Breaking news updates, blog posts, show descriptions, previews of upcoming segments and descriptions of our video clips, show segments and “video extras.” I also produced the “Plugged-In” segment for the weekly show and 90-second daily news updates for our daily programming. When our format included two daily half-hour news shows, I was responsible for much of the story selection and script writing for those shows. I also ran our daily story meetings where we would determine coverage priorities, managed assignments for our reporters and camera crews and maintained our daily calendar. Big stories I covered during this time included the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and developments surrounding the bankruptcy of solar manufacturer Solyndra.
Before joining the world of energy and environmental journalism, I spent nearly 10 years with The Associated Press, where I covered all aspects of national news for the broadcast wire and supervised the print and broadcast desks covering Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and Maryland. I broke many big stories in this role, including the D.C. Council’s approval of a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals, hours after the council had rejected the plan. I was also the first to report that the National Park Service had fired U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers for complaining to the press about budget cuts and staffing levels. I also contributed to AP’s breaking news coverage of the hiring of Joe Gibbs for his second stint as coach of the Redskins and the Montreal Expos’ move to Washington to become the Nationals. I was also part of the team that covered the Nats’ first game in Washington, bringing baseball back to the nation;s capital after a 34-year absence.
My love of sports helped me to a successful freelance writing career in the 1990s as well. In that capacity, I contributed stories to “Outside Pitch” magazine and was aprt of the team that made it the “Independent, Intelligent, Irreverent” alternative program at Orioles games for years. I was also a key player on the startup team for Ravens Report, the official magazine of the Baltimore Ravens, when the team first moved to town in 1996. In addition to ghostwriting columns for Steve Everitt and Earnest Byner, I also landed stories about the Ravens in The Washington Post.