From newspaper to television: a Colorado sports story
By Bailey Neel
University of Nebraska- Lincoln
If it weren’t for his knees, David Krause would be playing sports for a living. That may be a stretch. But after suffering repeated injuries from a childhood of activities, Krause’s high school English teacher convinced him to cover sports for the local paper.
“I mean I wasn’t great any way but I certainly had knee issues and it just didn’t work out,” Krause said. “I still wanted to be around it though.”
Krause began working for the Daily Oklahoman, where he stayed throughout his time at the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, Krause and his wife moved to Colorado where he became the sports editor for the Loveland Reporter-Herald. Five years later, he moved to a larger Colorado paper: the Denver Post. Krause started at the Post as a copy editor, eventually working his way up to deputy sports editor.
“You get lucky if you find something that you like and you get to stay with it for a long time,” Krause said. “I like that sports is exciting and that it generates a lot of feelings, both good and bad, but also that there is an element of news and breaking news,” he said. “Denver is the best city for someone like me because we have so many great sports programs.”
After 32 years in the newspaper business, Krause decided that the next logical step in his career was to try his hand at broadcast. Since August, he has been the sports executive producer for 9news, one of Denver’s leading broadcast programs.
“I didn’t know what a cross-roll, or a b-roll, or a voice-over was, I didn’t know that language, I knew newspaper,” Krause said. “It’s a different vernacular, it’s j-talk, but as long as you start with solid writing, then the only thing that changes is the script and how you present it.”
No matter the subject area or whether you work in print, online, or in broadcasting, having a solid foundation of writing skills is something that Krause stresses.
“Important information always goes first, no matter what. After that it’s up to you to determine how much to give a story and to write it in a way that makes sense for the topic,” Krause said. “You don’t want to be redundant, but you don’t want to be vague,” he said. “As an editor I have to ensure that not only do I understand the point of a news piece, but that readers and listeners will too.”
Along with writing, Krause offers this additional advice for journalism students:
1. “Take any assignment you’re offered.”
2. “Be excited, but don’t overdo things.”
3. “Get your name out there any way you can, a foot in the door is a foot in the door.”
4. “Timing is everything.”
5. “Work weekends, no one likes to work them, but someone has to.”