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RDR names sports editor

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The Roswell Daily Record is happy to announce the promotion of J.T. Keith to sports editor. Keith has served as a sports writer for the RDR since April 2017.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of J.T. Keith to sports editor,” Barbara Beck said. “J.T. is a talented sports writer who knows this community. I’m excited about this important step forward for us.”

“I want to thank the publisher, Barbara Beck,” Keith said, “and my colleagues for their faith in me. I will continue to do my best in covering the local sports beat here in Roswell to the best of my abilities.”

Keith, an Ohio native prior to coming here, spent eight months working for Western News & Info, Inc., a holding company headquartered in Arizona that owns a number of newspapers.

Keith covered high school sports for the Camp Verde Bugle in Camp Verde, Arizona, and the Verde Independent, which serves Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Sedona and the Verde Valley in Arizona. He did such an outstanding job that Keith was promoted to the Kingman Daily Miner, a six-day weekly newspaper, where he tracked the athletic squads for three high schools, handling writing, photography and page design, as well as shooting and editing video for the web and social media.

Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Eastern New Mexico in Portales and a Master of Arts in sports media from Texas Tech. While in school, he interned at the Hobbs News-Sun as part of his graduation requirements from January to May 2016. Keith also worked for the Midland Reporter-Telegram in Midland, Texas and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Lubbock, Texas, covering college and high school athletics.

“I’m excited to be part of a booming sports scene,” Keith said. “When I first came here, there were three-state champions. I love the fact that all of our schools are competitive and have a shot to win the blue trophy every year.”

Since coming aboard the RDR, Keith has instituted new features for the sports pages, such as Athlete of the Week, which gives a T-shirt in recognition for each weekly athlete. Keith also was instrumental in obtaining a sponsor for this program.

“J.T. has lots of great ideas to keep the community engaged in the sports pages,” Managing Editor Misty Choy said. “He has worked hard to coordinate local sports coverage and I’m excited to see his other ideas come to life.”

Another feature Keith has in the works is called Senior Spotlight, which will highlight the seniors from each sport and auxiliary sports such as band, cheerleading and the people behind the scenes that make playing sports hard to compete in if they weren’t there.

“Now that I have been here a while,” Keith said. “I would like to get more people involved in sports. I would like for the athletes to tell their story from their point of view. I would like for the student who wants to be a writer freelance for us and learn. My goal since I have been here has been to celebrate the athletes and coaches for their efforts, and tell worthy stories that will be keepsakes for their families.”