Each week, we will highlight one member of our CMF team. We would like to provide you with ‘behind the scenes’ news on our operations, and can get to know a little bit more about the people working for the Canadian Minifootball Federation (CMF)! We have asked each of our team members the same eight questions, to provide a broad perspective on what they bring to the CMF team.
In today’s post, we meet our Journalist of the Canadian Minifootball Federation (CMF) – Michael Mazzel. He will reveal to us his responsibilities and the role that he plays in this ambitious project.
CMF: Explain in detail what projects you are working on at CMF?
As a sports content writer, I am tasked to cover events surrounding and in relation to the Canadian Minifootball Federation. That can be through articles, interviews, and research into what the CMF is currently or is expected to be involved in. Given that the journalism world is constantly evolving, I have to be quick to react to what is happening and take the information provided to create concise and quality pieces on events. It’s a lot of work but seeing the finished articles go live and watching the engagement it creates makes the grind worth it.
CMF: What initially drew into wanting to join the CMF?
Like many other members of the team, I have always wanted to work in a sports organization. I have a passion for writing about sports and do enjoy taking in a football match or two. So when a job opportunity came up to join an upstart sports federation on minifootball by covering events surrounding the sport, I knew I had to jump on it. The prospect of being a part of something being built from the ground up is exciting and I am grateful to play a role in the CMF’s growth to become the leader of minifootball in Canada.
CMF: How has your experience been so far?
So far, so good! I have enjoyed working alongside the other members of the CMF team and collaborating on weekly projects. Jan and Monika have been very supportive throughout my time at the CMF, which I really appreciate. The weekly meetings have also been enjoyable as we work together in mapping out our weekly strategy for content. Did I mention that a lot of the team members are Chelsea fans too? Can’t express enough how grateful I am to be part of such a talented team.
CMF: Describe a typical day for you working on CMF projects.
Our weekly meetings are where I begin to plan what my next piece is going to be on. The brainstorm sessions give me a chance to figure out what the piece will be on, who I may need to speak to, and what I will need to research to gain a better understanding of the subject matter. From there, I get to work on my articles and tackle the necessary components to get it done. Depending on the length and time-sensitivity of the post, this process could range from a few days to a few weeks. Once everything is done, I edit it a few times and then submit it for publication. From there, the cycle begins again and I move on to the next piece.
CMF: How has the pandemic affected your work? How have you adjusted to it?
For the most part, the pandemic has not affected my work very much as writing articles and conducting interviews can be easily done remotely. The one thing that has been compromised is the ability to go cover minifootball events since COVID-19 has either postponed them to a later date or cancelled them outright. Once the pandemic is over and society returns to normal, I look forward to attending these minifootball events and use this platform to give readers a glimpse into this awesome sport.
CMF: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy going on walks every chance I get and doing some form of exercise every day. I also enjoy reading, watching videos, and playing video games in my downtime. Spending time with friends and family whenever possible is important to me, so I always look forward to it when the opportunity arises.
CMF: What other work do you do outside of the CMF?
Besides the CMF, you can find my work at The Leafs Nation, Maple Leafs Hot Stove, and The Toronto Observer. I also co-host a weekly sports podcast called “Behind The Net”.
CMF: What do you hope to accomplish while with the CMF?
Regardless of how long I am part of the CMF team, I hope to use this platform to help minifootball fans in Canada get all of their information on the sport. I look forward to all of the connections I will be making and the people I will be interviewing for my future pieces. Whether that be through articles, video interviews, or podcasts, my goal is to provide the best content I can on the CMF and minifootball. Looking forward to the journey ahead with the CMF and what the future holds for minifootball in Canada!
Next week, we will introduce you to James Maguire the Web Developer of the Canadian Minifootball Federation (CMF)!
CMF Sports Journalist