This is the site for Sam Eifling, a writer, editor and photographer. I'm a part-time freelancer and full-time master's student in the journalism department at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.
If you're the sort of person who pays people like me, here are some particulars. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, I've covered news, sports and culture for daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the Web for more than 10 years. After internships at the Columbus Dispatch (sports), the Lexington Herald-Leader (news, sports, copy desk), the Miami Herald (features) and the Chicago Tribune (metro desk), I fact-checked at New York magazine for a brief spell, then moved to Melbourne, Fla., where I wrote features for Florida Today. From the daily in central Florida I moved to Fort Lauderdale, where I worked as a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach for nearly three years, there winning national and regional awards for long-form stories. (My favorite pieces: a kamikaze death, the voyeurism of ass-kickings, a down-and-out former gambling fixer, a kerfuffle over a new mosque, a grieving and self-immolating military dad, a daft Marlins manager, a hard-luck VA nurse, pious bullriders, chasing game in the Amazon ... good times, all.) I ditched to take an editorial internship at Harper's Magazine, then left New York for Little Rock and a company ESPN hired to chronicle the outdoors and rodeo. As features editor for those sites, I covered fishing, hunting and oddball Americana from Puget Sound to the Tamiami Trail to Walter Reed, and edited both deadline and non-deadline copy.
Then the money ran out — so completely, in fact, that live links to past ESPN stories don't even exist. I was excused, regrouped and reported for most of a year at Arkansas Business, a weekly journal in Little Rock, before heading to British Columbia to ski and eat poutine and advance my storytelling skills. To pay the bills, I still freelance — for Slate, for the Arkansas Times, for Miller-McCune, for the Columbia Journalism Review and for others (ESPN The Magazine, for instance). Occasionally you'll see my stuff on Deadspin, and pretty regularly it pops up on The Big Lead, where I write about sports media or anything else that warrants a few hundred words at a swoop.
When I shoot photos — as I have with some dedication for about four years — I do so with a Canon 30D or Canon G11 and process them using Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom. When I record audio, I do so using Olympus' foxy little LS-10 and process it using Adobe Audition or Audacity.
If you need to get ahold of me, Gmail works: sameifling at. You can also follow me on twitter.com/sameifling.