A new face in Smashville
What’s up, Smashville? !
My name is Emma Lingan, and I’m thrilled to be the new Senior Content Manager and beat reporter for your Nashville Predators.
First of all, it is truly an honor to hold this position. My job is to be a trusted voice for the team, the person you can go to for information and insights you can’t get anywhere else, and the great responsibility that comes with that role doesn’t bother me. not escape. Yes, I work for the team – but I also work for you, the fans. And I look forward to getting to know you and learning what kinds of content you like to see.
A bit about me: I’m a retired ballerina with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. (My experience just screams hockey writer, right? Bear with me…) I got my start in the sports industry working in baseball – in fact, it will be the first time in my career that I won’t be covering baseball in any capacity – but I’ve been a hockey fan for as long as I can remember.
I’m originally from Washington, DC, but my parents are both from western Pennsylvania – so my hockey fandom is rooted in a certain NHL team that won’t be named. After graduating from college, I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where I eventually got a part-time job with the Carolina Hurricanes. I spent the previous two years managing NHL and MLB content for The Athletic (while also freelancing for the Hurricanes).
Now, after years of wearing just about every hat in the sports media industry – media relations, public relations, analytics, social media, sports news, content management, graphic design, photography, videography, photo editing , audiovisual production and more – my dream of covering an NHL team full time has come true. And I’m determined to make the most of it.
But I can’t do it without your help. I’ll bring you all the latest updates and information on practices, morning skates and, of course, games – but communication is a two-way street. I’d love to hear from you on Twitter (@emma_lingan) about the types of stories you want to see and how I can best enrich your experience as a Preds fan. Also, I’m new to Nashville and will gladly take any recommendations for the best restaurants, bars, gyms, cafes, dog sitters, nail salons, etc. in town. I’m all ears.
In addition to the writing element for NashvillePredators.com, I look forward to connecting with you through other avenues, be it audio, video, social media, or any other medium. I’m hungry to be a part of it all.
Again, it’s an honor and a privilege to be part of the Smashville community. I have embraced this team, this city and this fan base in my heart, and I sincerely hope that you will do the same with me. I can’t wait to get to work and make you all proud.
I can’t wait to see your smiling faces at Bridgestone Arena – and elsewhere around Nashville – this season.
Until then, let’s go Preds!