The place has been crammed: Hunt for the first Taylor Swift reporter ends – National


Arizona journalist Bryan West resides each Swiftie‘s wildest goals

In current years, it seems like Taylor Swift is in every single place. Whether it’s her extremely profitable Eras Tour or the regular launch of her re-recorded Taylor’s Version albums, the cultural impression of Swift is simple.

So, when Gannett, the largest newspaper chain within the U.S., posted a job discover for a full-time Taylor Swift reporter in September, it simply made sense.

As anticipated, the posting additionally triggered a tsunami of functions from keen Swift followers vying for the first-of-its-kind place. (Even a “very established White House reporter” allegedly threw their hat within the ring, based on a Gannett govt.)

On Monday, Variety lastly confirmed West — a 35-year-old self-proclaimed Swiftie — landed the coveted gig.

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West, who just lately moved from Arizona to Nashville, will probably be figuring out of The Tennessean newsroom and can have his work printed in USA Today, in addition to Gannett’s greater than 200 native dailies.

West must be Fearless in his reporting, particularly when combatting those that don’t consider the Swift beat is worth it.

“I would say this position’s no different than being a sports journalist who’s a fan of the home team,” West informed Variety.

“I’m just a fan of Taylor and I have followed her whole career, but I also have that journalistic background: going to Northwestern, winning awards, working in newsrooms across the nation,” he defined. “I think that’s the fun of this job is that, yeah, you can talk Easter eggs, but it really is more of the seriousness, like the impact that she has on society and business and music.”

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As a part of his software, West submitted a video outlining 13 the explanation why he ought to be employed for the reporting job — an homage to the singer’s fortunate set of numbers.

In the five-minute video, West’s rationale included his expertise in fast-paced information environments, his skill to report with out bias and, after all, his love for Swift. (West joked his infatuation with Swift is so sturdy that he thought he “could be straight” after posing with the singer at a 2018 meet-and-greet).

West informed Variety his love for Swift is so sturdy, it’s even earned him a fame amongst his former newsroom colleagues.

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“The newscasters would make fun of me, saying things like, ‘We’re surprised Bryan didn’t call in sick to work today because Taylor released a new album,’” he recalled.

All in all, it feels like West is the best man for the job. Hopefully the opposite candidates received’t harbour any unhealthy blood. 

After saying the Taylor Swift reporting place, Gannett additionally put a name out for a full-time journalist to cowl all issues Beyoncé. The function has but to be crammed.

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