Blake Atwell is a multimedia journalist. He is a sophomore journalism major at Santa Monica College (SMC).
Blake is a multimedia reporting intern at the Santa Monica Daily Press and is set to launch the publication’s first podcast this summer. He also covers USC football for USCScoop.com, writing about the team as an intern. He’ll be serving as editor-in-chief of The Corsair, SMC’s award-winning student newspaper, for the upcoming 2019 fall semester.
He covers college and professional sports with News4usonline.com. In 2019, Blake covered his first Rose Bowl and NBA playoff series. He also writes about the Los Angeles Chargers as a contributor for Bolt Beat, a FanSided website for fans of the Bolts.
Blake has aspirations of transferring to a top journalism program at a four-year university. His passions are rooted in digital storytelling, from writing online pieces and editing videos to reading prompter.
Blake recently finished his second semester as multimedia editor of The Corsair. He edited and produced six weekly segments (four podcasts and two videos) for The Corsair, including his own news show, “Corsair Weekly.” In total, The Corsair produced 40 podcast episodes and 45 videos throughout the 2019 Spring Semester. Blake edited and produced 39 of the podcast episodes.
During the 2017 and 2018 summers, he worked as a high school intern at the Los Angeles Times. Blake gained valuable experience in the professional reporting field and improved his interview, video editing, photography, and writing skills throughout each internship.
He conducted on-camera social media interviews with top high school athletes for the CIF Southern Section and co-founded a media outlet, 1550 Sports, throughout his senior year at Trabuco Hills High School. On campus, he hosted a daily on-camera sports segment, “Instant Update,” on the school’s morning news show.
Blake spent two years as a Student Advisory Board member for the Times’ youth journalism program, High School Insider. He also covered high school sports (basketball, football, baseball and softball) for Prep2Prep Sports, writing game stories. He co-moderated and emceed panels at the 2018 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, including a discussion with former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.