LAist Interview: Dodgers Blogger Diamond Leung
Diamond Leung still loves baseball and journalism. But you'd understand if he didn't. After five years at the Riverside-Press Enterprise, two of those as the Dodgers beat writer, Leung, 27, was laid off from his post after the paper eliminated most of its baseball coverage. The San Francisco native and UCLA grad, at right, moved back to his hometown and did what any young, self respecting unemployed baseball lover would do: start a blog. The aptly named Diamond Notes is a baseball news source that aggregates some of the more interesting finds others may miss. We caught up with him yesterday, touching on the Dodgers diminishing World Series hopes, life after journalism and why he doesn't watch baseball on T.V.
Tell us about Diamond Notes. Is it a source of income for you, or is it purely a labor of love?
I do have some ad's on the site, but really I don't make too much out of it. I think the total amount I've made is less than two days pay at the Press-Enterpise. This whole site kind of started really as an experiment of how far I can take it. I think I have a unique skill set of someone who's been in the business and someone who was on the Dodgers beat for a couple of years. At the same time, I'm not as attached. I have the freedom to write what I want and post what I want when I want. It's pretty fun to see what kind of readership I can gather.
What kind of skill set do you have that differs from others?