Miniard joins TCD as sports writer
O’Bannon Publishing Co. Inc. added a free agent sports writer to help cover the local sports scene.
Brandon Miniard earned a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Indiana University Southeast in May. He is a 2017 graduate of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, where he participated in a number of activities inside and outside of sports.
His athletic ventures include four years with the boys’ tennis team and a year with the boys’ track-and-field squad. His most notable roles included being student manager for the boys’ basketball team for three years and baseball manager for four years. During his time with the baseball team, Miniard was along for the ride as the Eagles made the program’s first two appearances at Victory Field in Indianapolis, the latter of which culminated in the Eagles’ 2017 state championship.
Outside of athletics, Miniard participated in Lanesville’s Navy JROTC program for three years, serving in various roles, including squad leader, platoon commander and platoon chief.
His first taste of journalism came from spending two years with Linked!, a publication written by students from the four Harrison County high schools and Crawford County High School.
After graduating high school, Miniard spent five semesters on the staff of the Horizon, the student newspaper at IUS. Following his required two semesters as a staff writer for the 2018-19 school year, Miniard returned to the publication in spring 2020 as its sports editor, a position he held until graduation. He also became the Horizon’s managing editor during the spring 2021 semester.
During his time as sports editor, Miniard was the sole writer covering the seven sports teams IUS fielded. His career with the publication ended with the baseball team getting to the final five of its first-ever NAIA World Series appearance.
At The Corydon Democrat, Miniard will focus primarily on covering local sports at all county high schools. He hopes to implement the multimedia side of his studies to the publication in innovative ways.
“To say I’m excited to join The Corydon Democrat would be the understatement of the century; I’m absolutely thrilled to join this organization,” Miniard said. “Not only do I get to return to where my love of sports originated, but I also have the opportunity to bring some innovation to our sports coverage, which includes the eventual development of a podcast and live streaming games in the future.”
Miniard, 23, is a Lanesville resident. His parents are Homer Miniard and Lesa Jent, both of Lanesville. His love of sports came later in life after Lanesville baseball made its first trip to Victory Field in 2016. Now, he is a sports fanatic, especially when it comes to his favorite sport, baseball.
Thanks to his older sister, Taylor, he is also starting to become a fan of the Louisville City FC soccer team after attending a few games at Lynn Family Stadium.
Along with his desire to innovate The Corydon Democrat’s sports coverage, he is also looking to improve his own craft wherever applicable. He is a firm believer that there is always room for improvement, no matter how good something may seem.
“Something I’ve learned over my last couple semesters of college is that I need to be in a constant state of self-evaluation, always looking for ways to improve my craft,” Miniard said. “Whether that’s with my writing, photography or anything else, I can’t be satisfied with where I am. If I do, I’m worried that I’ll get complacent and start getting lazy with my work. That’s something I refuse to afford.”
Outside of his work, Brandon enjoys relaxing at home, typically playing video games or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. He is also a fan of Japanese culture and architecture.
Some of his dreams include visiting every Major League Baseball stadium and meeting his favorite player, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.
While decades away, he also desires to move to either Japan or Europe upon his retirement.
“It’s never too early to dream about where you want to go after retiring,” Miniard said.