Workin’ with the Whitecaps

My first two weeks back at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC office are now in the books, and there’s been no shortage of things to do.

Unlike my previous stint with the club back in the summer of 2010, I’m spending much more time in the office itself this time around.

In my new role as media relations intern, I’m more involved in the media relations (if you couldn’t guess from the name of the position) and corporate communications aspect of the organization. I’m also writing more features for the website and match-day programs, whereas two years ago I focused more on reporting (though I’m still doing some of that).

Like I said, there’s been a lot going on. From the launch of the third kit to string of home games, I’ve had my hands full. But it’s been fun. For me, it’s always great to interview the players, because deep down, I really am just a fan. Aren’t we all?

Already, I’ve had the opportunity to interview Jay DeMerit, Davide Chiumiento, Darren Mattocks, Jun Marques Davidson, and others.

So far, the article I’m most proud of is a feature on Mattocks that will appear in today’s match-day program (pictured above). Unfortunately, the physical version of the program had the incorrect byline listed due to an inadvertent error in production, but that’s why we have tools like Photoshop. Click here to check out a PDF of the feature.

But as for highlights of my first two weeks back at the club, here are a few that might surprise you.

3. Getting an @whitecapsfc.com email. It’s always been a dream of mine. OK, maybe not. But I didn’t get one in 2010, so it feels a lot more official now.

2. Signing Eric Hassli’s wedding card? Wait, what? The other day, the card was circulating around the office and it eventually made its way to my desk. Random, I know.

1. Last but not least, I was given one of the stunning Whitecaps FC ties in advance of the third kit press conference/fashion show Thursday at BC Place. It’s a keeper.

That’s all for now — I’ll try to post fairly regular updates as the summer progresses.

Farhan Devji
Farhan Devji is an author, journalist, and communications professional based in Ottawa. His work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Montreal Gazette. Contact him directly at fdevji@gmail.com.

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