My name is Luis Carlos Medina, and I’m sure you clicked this page in an effort to know me a little better.
Here goes nothing.
I have been at the Chicago Tribune since Nov. 2011, where I was hired to be a part of the agate editor team that puts together the sports section’s Scoreboard page.
I’m often responsible for the statistical content that goes on the MLB module page, which includes standings, box scores and leaders tables. I’ve added my own unique content to the page with tables featuring advanced statistics, sabermetrics, fun facts/league statistical trends and team/individual split stats.
I also have experience in creating similar content for the Tribune’s NFL, NBA and NHL modules.
Interested in what I’m thinking about right now? Follow my timeline on Twitter.
My journalism career began in January 2008, when I was hired at the Daily Egyptian, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s student-operated newspaper. In my three semesters at the DE, I served as a sports reporter, Assistant Sports Editor and Sports Editor where I covered SIU’s football, basketball, baseball, softball, swimming, track and field, tennis and golf teams.
I graduated in May 2009 and transitioned into my first professional job at the Daily Register/Daily Journal in Harrisburg, Ill., as the sports editor covering the schools of Saline County and its surrounding areas. I was a jack-of-many-trades as I wrote and edited stories, shot my own game photos and ran a Twitter account.
After 14 months in Harrisburg, I returned to the Chicagoland area and worked for Patch.com’s network of south suburban websites. Much of my focus was on Romeoville and Bolingbrook High School athletics, including Bolingbrook’s 2010 Class 4A state championship-winning girl’s basketball team. Again, there I was active writing game stories and features, while also providing game photos to go with the stories.
In April 2009, I worked in Ottawa, Ill., as the sports editor of the Ottawa Delivered, a weekly publication focused on the happenings in the rural, north central Illinois town. I covered the two high schools in town, recreational leagues and everything in between that was sports related.
ABOUT THE BLOG’S TITLE
“Search For The Profound” was inspired by former Illinois State men’s basketball coach Tim Jankovich.
On March 9, 2009, Jankovich’s Redbirds dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title game.
I covered the game for the Daily Egyptian as part of an effort on my part to provide unprecedented coverage of each game at Arch Madness from start to finish. Jankovich, one of The Valley’s wordsmiths (as far as coaches are concerned) dropped this nugget in a postgame press conference after I asked what he told the team after falling in the MVC Tournament title game for the second straight year.
“I didn’t say anything for quite some time because I was searching for profound, and come to find out, there was no profound today,’ Jankovich said. ‘If you haven’t been through it, I don’t even know how to describe the pain. You have to live this pain to understand it.”
Thus, a blog (title) was born.