From Outsider to Insider
I am pleased to announce that after submitting an application for membership to the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association (MMAJA), I have been accepted as an auxiliary member.
There are two levels of membership. Active membership requires having a job as a sports journalist. Auxiliary membership is for fans who write about the sport on their blogs.
I fall into the personal blog owner category, writing about my favorite sport. I’ve been covering MMA since 2009, back before UFC President Dana White realized that fans would pay good money to watch women fight.
And then I had a grand time writing sports reports, from a fan’s point of view, as a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! Sports until that gig ended.
When Dana Punished Ariel With A Lifetime Ban
Websites disappear and agreements break down. But, I’m happy to join this new association, born out of a crisis moment involving Dana White and Ariel Helwani.
For more information on that unfortunate situation, click UFC lifts ban on Ariel Helwani following reporter’s emotional comments.
In generating fan support for a newly created sport, Dana White certainly is a ground-breaker. Because he devoted his life to MMA, when he kicks up clods of dirt, new things sprout up.
Keeping Professional Distance
Now, journalists are banding together to create a structure to support unbiased reporting of mixed martial arts and to keep the lines clear about where allegiance lies.
So, thank you, Dana!
Proud Member of MMA Journalists Association (MMAJA)
Yep, those MMA journalist guys are letting girls in the clubhouse now. And I will soon have a membership card to prove it!
When I started to write about MMA, I felt very nervous. People were cruel and relentless with their comments. I chose to ignore them. Sage advice for most people in similar situations. With perseverance and the passage of time, I’m very proud to be acknowledged as a member of this group.
Update on the MMA Journalists Association from the interim executive board: pic.twitter.com/Bqq3fu0lWd
— MMAJA (@TheMMAJA) June 26, 2017