Blake Atwell is a multimedia journalist. He is a sophomore journalism major at Santa Monica College (SMC) with a 3.9 GPA.
Blake covers USC football for USCScoop.com. At the Santa Monica Daily Press (SMDP), he edits and hosts the publication’s podcast. He’s currently serving his first semester as editor-in-chief of The Corsair, SMC’s award-winning student newspaper. Blake is also a morning news intern at NBC Los Angeles.
Blake covers college and professional sports with News4usonline.com. In early 2019, Blake covered his first Rose Bowl and NBA playoff series. He wrote about the Los Angeles Chargers as a contributor for Bolt Beat and interned at SMDP during the 2019 summer.
He 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 finished his second semester as multimedia editor of The Corsair over the course of the 2019 spring semester. 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. 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.