Nathan Shoup, Sports Editor, Sparks Tribune
Interning for The Sparks Tribune as a sports writer is the first real job I’ve had. I’ve never dealt with a “boss” so walking in the first day I didn’t know what to expect. I imagined the typical sports editor: serious and no nonsense.
Fast forward a month later, and the boss who corrects my grammar and helps me in my writing is actually a kid at heart who likes purple skittles.
Two months after starting my internship, I had the opportunity to interview Nathan Shoup. During the interview he laughed, sat casually, and responded to questions with ease and comfort.
Shoup grew up playing: basketball, soccer, baseball, and football in Woodland, Wash.
“I’m a competitive person in everything I do,” Shoup said. “There is no better outlet than sports.”
Shoup’s father, John Shoup, was his biggest influence in life and sports. Nathan Shoup recalled attending his first baseball game at the old Kingdome in Seattle with his father, and referred to him as a “coach on and off the field.” His mother, Debbie Shoup, wasn’t a baseball fan, but cheered for Shoup in his games.
Shoup had an “epiphany” his junior year at Pacific Lutheran University which led him to choose journalism as a career.
He watched a video of the University of California, Los Angeles football coach being carried off the field by his team after winning the last team game. The game was also the coach’s last game which resonated with Shoup. He later began writing and started a blog. He realized sports writing was a possible direction.
He began his career as a sports writer for his university’s newspaper and later became the sports editor. He was also an intern for two newspapers, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Tacoma News Tribune.
After graduating in 2013 he began applying for journalism jobs and his first interview was at The Sparks Tribune.
The interviewing experience was a stepping stone into adulthood for Shoup. He was terrified when he arrived in Reno for the job interview; he laughed that all of a sudden he felt like an adult on the cab ride from the airport.
Shoup began as a sports reporter for The Sparks Tribune but was promoted to sports editor a year ago. With his new promotion, he feels lucky to have complete control over the sports section.
“[I’m] 24 and loving what I’m doing, and that’s all you can ask for,” Shoup said.
He understands the need to be versatile across many platforms.
“It’s not good enough to be just a writer anymore and I wanted to diversify my skill set as much as possible,” Shoup said.
Shoup incorporates different elements of social media to expand his brand. In July 2015, Shoup began his radio show, The Shoup Show, which talks about high school football every Friday.
The radio show began as an idea presented by Shoup to Lotus radio in 2014.
He hopes the radio show will expand and incorporate basketball as well as football.
Shoup also creates his own YouTube content. He showcases high school team players in a segment called “Chillin’ with Shoup.”
Shoup has a decent number of Twitter followers and continues to grow his social reach every week while covering the Nevada football games.
He wants to continue growing his market and eventually be at a bigger outlet like The Seattle Times.
“As long as I look back and say I enjoy what I’m doing, I’m not going to complain,” Shoup said.