My introduction

Hello,

Like I said in the earlier post, thank you for all your kindness and support in my short time on the blog and covering the team. It has been a joy and an honor to work with you.

And that is what this blog means, to me. While in the print edition, without the ability to interact, I serve as a conduit between the team and the reader, I consider the blog to be 100 percent interactive. This has no value if not for your reads and reactions. I have come to learn the value of such give-and-take during the past few weeks while I have been working the beat, and it is not something I take lightly.

I have big plans for this beat and my role at the paper, and this blog is chief among them. The incredible amount of views that the Inside UCLA blog gets is a direct result of Brian Dohn’s hard work and your incredible passion, and I will strive to continue his legacy, if you will.

My immediate goals are to begin regular blog features, which I hope eventually become weekly hotspots. Some of the ideas are:
Movie Monday – The best UCLA-related YouTube clips I can find.
Westwood Wednesday – A feature on something related to the UCLA campus (perhaps professor interviews, fan interviews, local joints, you tell me?)
Throwback Thursday – A Q&A with a former Bruin.
Future Friday – A Q&A with a future Bruin.
Tailgate Saturday – My boy, and avid UCLA supporter, Ryan, will generate a new tailgate recipe for gamedays.

And, starting next week – well, once I figure out how to do it – the weekly marathon chats.

Now, this is all new to me, as well, so there will be some bumps along the way. I cannot promise you Troy Aikman will answer his phone on a Thursday morning. But I will try. I cannot promise you that I will find an interesting YouTube clip every week. But I will try. I cannot promise that you will enjoy Ryan’s recipes. But…no I won’t try. That’s on him.

But that’s the flavor I want this blog to take. Friendly, funny, talkative. I will continue with my daily practice reports, with a little Jill Painter sprinkled in – and again, AWESOME Christian Ramirez column – and I will do my best to conquer the recruiting world, which is completely new to me.

Additionally, I have started a Daily News Inside UCLA Twitter Page – DNJGInsideUCLA – and I would love to use that as a tool to disseminate information. A Facebook group will come soon, too.

I don’t mind sharing personal information, but I wasn’t sure how that would be received. Just know this: I grew up in Southern California without any college sports allegiances (my heart only belongs to the Denver Broncos, but that began to fade with Olandis Gary), but I have followed both UCLA and USC for much of my 25 years.

Thank you for coming along on this ride, and I hope to keep a clean driving record.
Jon Gold

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  • Anonymous

    Great job with the blog Jon and well deserved promotion. Keep up the great work!

  • http://Tony Tony

    Congrats on a job that is vital to us Bruin FB fans.
    I look forward to reading your articles.
    You do not know me, but just for a fun sidebar, my wife and I attended the Brit and Andy wedding in Maui a few weeks ago, and I met you in a fast introduction.
    You will do a fine job!! Enjoy this Bruin ride to the top over the next couple of years.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats, Jon. You have been doing a fantastic job and we are very fortunate to have someone who clearly puts his heart and soul into the job.

  • Westwood Bob

    Hi Jonathan,

    I’ve been impressed on the blog posts you’ve already made about how excited and thankful you are for getting the beat writer job.

    Here’s an item of interest that you might want to expand on. UCLA Hall of Famer Tim Wrightman, an All-American and former tight end for the ’85 Super Bowl winning Chicago Bears, will be honorary captain for Saturday’s game (assuming it’s played).

    Tim will be in town from Idaho and be a guest speaker at Friday’s Bruin TD Club breakfast (along with Rick and some of the players). He’ll also be out at Friday’s practice at Spaulding Field and is supposed to address the team either on the field or in the meeting room.

    He would be a very good target for an interview. You can get in touch with him through Marc Dellins, as I don’t want to post his cell phone number on the blog.

  • ucla84

    Congrats on the gig, Jon. I’m guessing most everyone here thinks you’ve earned it.

    I hope you won’t try and dive too far into novelty stuff – or said differently, if Wolf does it, you shouldn’t. As an alum who loves everything about UCLA (except perhaps South Campus), I love the Westwood Wednesday idea, especially if you feature the university – the campus, professors, etc. most of the time. For those of us who can’t get to campus very often, seeing it on the blog would be awesome.

    Welcome!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on the job, but let me say Movie Monday sounds like crap. I can search youtube myself and most of those videos have already been posted on BRO, Bruinzone, BruinBlitz or Bruingold.

    And interview with professors? I love UCLA, but this blog should be about UCLA football and basketball. Everything else including womens sports, volleyball, baseball or track are only going to get you a few clicks. I’d say 99% of the ppl here come for football and basketball. This blog was amazing because Brian was a tireless unbiased and fact based workhorse with amazing sources and unique insight. He was here for 3 hour game day chats while he was in the stadium/arena, weekly 100+ question Q&A’s, and up late calling guys into the night to outscoop the pay services. So please dont turn this great blog into filling fluff.

  • Rieber Hall

    Congrats Jon. I think the passion for your work clearly comes through and I like how you’re putting your own stamp on it. I think I speak for all UCLA fans when I say that what makes such a site worthwhile is dedication to getting information, insight and news out to the UCLA faithful. I think you’ve clearly illustrated your capabilities in that manner and this is a well-deserved move.

  • Slippery Pete

    Any chance you will do any in-game chats? Maybe for away football games and all the basketball. I really enjoyed getting Brian Dohn’s real time thoughts and the occasional inside scoop. Even the non conference basketball games where the chat devolved into football recruiting were fun. It felt like a nice little online sports bar.

  • RacerX

    Congrats to you. I believe they hired the “write” guy for the job. I really enjoyed the Q&A with Dohn. He would take questions from readers (EXACTLY 50 words or less) and post his responses starting friday and through the weekend. Would you consider continuing that tradition?

  • jdoggbruin

    good job so far. i vote for less fluff as it would be harder to filter through to get to the informative posts. a few things here and there isn’t bad just not too much and please keep it ucla related…we don’t need this place to become tmz. keep up the good work!

    oh yea and what was always fun were the weekly interviews dohn did with a current player with 10 or so questions he chose out of reader submissions.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on the job Jon, how about you get a picture up of your mug so we can recognize you on Saturday!

  • MVBruin

    Hey Jon,

    Congratulations on the wonderful job and effort you put in to get the UCLA beat writer as a permanent assignment. The effort you put in was evident to all of us.

    You’ve earned it! Keep it up.

    I like the ideas you have especially Throwback Thursday with interviews of forner Bruins. I’m love that idea!

    Congrats and keep that UCLA information coming!

  • Anonymous

    I also enjoyed Dohn’s Friday questions. Think you would like doing that as well?

  • CrouchingBruin

    The Wednesday Q&A was one of the most popular features of the blog during Brian Dohn’s tenure; I hope you will continue that tradition.

    As far as other sports go, I’m not saying you should expand the blog’s coverage to regularly include other sports beyond football and basketball, but it would be nice to occasionally get a post about landmark events so we know to search elsewhere for further details. Something like the women’s water polo team winning the national championship would be worth mentioning, IMHO, or following the baseball and/or softball teams during the College World Series. If there’s anyone that doesn’t like those sports, then they can just ignore it and skip to the next post.

    And definitely avoid the kind of crap, like the Song Girl posts, that you see over on the USC blog.

  • Anonymous

    good stuff. keep up the good work and i’m sure you’ll progress rapidly.
    It’s good to see that you are a Broncos fan! my loyalties are to the Broncos and the Bruins

  • Anonymous

    These are terrific ideas. I like the concept of Movie Mondays, except not sure how much good stuff of ucla u will find…maybe expand scope to college sports highlights – like crazy plays over the weekend.

    I like some pop culture outside of ucla too.

  • bruinbiochem06

    Jon,

    I don’t mean to sound rude but I have to agree with most of what anon 8:29pm said. What I liked most about Insideucla was getting the inside scoop on ucla recruiting. Brian Dohn had reliable sources that knew whether recruits were leaning towards committing to ucla. Making those connections sounds like a difficult task but I think most here are hoping you could get it done. Congrats on your new gig!

  • Anonymous

    welcome aboard jon. we are grateful for your hardwork as most people who follow this blog are not ordinary fans. take care and i look forward to following your updates!!

  • RodneyGuillory

    Welcome, Jon. This is YOUR blog, so you should run it anyway that you want. Yes, Dohn ran an awesome blog, but don’t be bashful in putting your own twist into things if you want. Go Bruins!

  • brewinbob

    Ideas for a YouTube video.

    The ESPN commercial where the UCLA fan closes the door on the USC kid dressed up for Halloween.

    And an annual tradition for me, UCLA Tribute Video for the UCLA upset of USC in 2006, edited by Larmz, a must for any fan before the football season kicks off.

  • BruinToTheCore

    Fantastic job Jon! More info the better! Hey, I would love it if you include some
    women’s sports expecially Bruin gymnastics! Of course I am biased since my
    daughter is on the team!
    Go Bruins!

  • Anonymous

    Jon – one thing is for sure, as I’m guessing you already realized – you wont be able to stray too far off base without knowing it. Most of us here are fairly opinionated and will let you know if the stuff you are posting is in our opinion wothwhile. Keep up the good work.

  • BradleyBruin

    Jon, you’re off to a great start, welcome aboard. Dohn set a pretty high bar, but he could be a bit ascerbic. We appreciate objective and informative reports, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some passion bucket to go along with it. You’re definitely filling the bucket, and that is a very good thing.

  • UCLA3

    congrats on the gig Jon…i know the main reason i come here is for insight and breaking news that i wont get anywhere else…dohn was all over it especially on the recruiting side of things…which i do know takes some time to get connected…i do enjoy the occasional pop culture and UCLA history/culture/ etc. every once and while….that might be better suited for the down time with football and bball…either way im sure you’ll continue the great reporting that has been down on this blog before…also twitter is a great way to get news out and quick…great way to break news regarding recruits/news from practice etc…

  • John

    Westwood Wednesdays sounds kinda weak, maybe do a Q and A, ala Dohn on Wednesdays or on Fridays like in the old blog. Thanks though, I am enjoying the updates.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous work this far.

    Add your own flare to the blog, but I agree that too much fluff outside of sports isn’t a great idea. I like the Thurs, Friday and even Saturday ideas. Anyway, proof will be in the pudding and I hope you keep up the informative sports posts. I’m sure you’ll do a great job and keep the hits coming. Again, thanks for the dedicated work so far.

  • TruBruin

    Congratulations Jon, as one of the more than 60 folks that dropped an email to Gene Warnick in support of you, it was only because of the quality job you are doing and the respect you have shown for the blog which so many of us enjoy. If not for these factors as well as your hard work, all these accolades wouldn’t be coming. Excellent work! Don’t be afraid to ruffle some feathers by calling it like it is even if it aint pretty. Lastly, you are going to see that there are some serious recruiting obsessed people on the blog that love to ask annoying hypothetical questions so good luck with that new at recruiting issue.

  • Oxy

    John,

    I have really enjoyed all of your posts and can’t wait for them in the future! Stoked to have a fellow bronco fan on the blog (I think that makes two of us). Looking forward to all of your cool new ideas! Best of luck!

    Oxy

  • bruincheerleader

    CONGRATS JON!…you are very welcome here and i love your enthusiasm and desire to bring us all things bruin…

  • Anonymous

    GOLDIE FORGOT TO MENTION HE GOT HE ATTENDED SAN DIEGO STATE FOR HIS UNDERGRAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • UCLABZ

    Jon

    Conratulations on the new gig!! The Daily News landed a great journalist with this hire.

    Just to echo what others have said, people come here for timely accurate info on Bruin sports and nothing else matters. Weekly features are a nice break-up to the regular posts, but it is the daily grind that keeps people coming back. The weekly Q&A is a great way for us the readers to get your opinion on stuff not ready to be printed. It is that inside info that we love.

    Also, we love your enthusiasm (its probably part of why you got the job) but don’t burn yourself out on. Good luck!

  • bruinmanny

    Jon , WELCOME ! Just keep doing what you have done so far ……….all good stuff ! THANKS , and Congrats !

  • saxylady

    Jon,
    Welcome to the Blog and to UCLA sports. Just remember there are those of us who IN ADDITION TO football and basketball realize that there are other sports out there that people do want to hear about. Don’t be afraid to give a smackdown to those on this Blog who deserve it. Say hi to Jill for me!!!

  • anon

    congrats! you’re doing a great job! and like others have said, the only hing you can add is the friday questions dohn did.

  • SBBruin

    Much deserved congratulations Jon! I like the idea of adding some additional daily features to the blog, but I also agree with some others that Dohn’s weekly Q&A was an excellent feature and I would love to see that continued.

    Keep up the great work!

  • JospehineBruin

    glad to hear it. welcome jon!

  • Steve O

    Jon,
    Welcome and great job so far. Being a season ticket holder to the football games and an avid tailgater, I would recommend you put the Tailgate recipes out on Friday: that way we may be able to actually try them on Saturday.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome. You’ve busted your butt and it shows! Please remember that the core essence of this blog is the Inside news. Too much editorial content or outside features are just going to ruin the blog for me. The thing I liked most about what Dohn created was that the posts were tight and essential and he didn’t purposefully inject his personality into it through editorials. It was pretty hardcore news most of the time, from the perspective of an objective reporter/insider. If it’s no longer about the inside news, or if it gets filled with editorial or fluff content, then it’s going to be too hard to filter that stuff, and frankly, I won’t be checking in as often as I do. More is not always better. Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks.

  • rejn

    Jon,

    Congratulations! Immediately upon reading your stuff on the blog I wanted to contact your Sports Editor and tell how much your work was appreciated. I hope that helped.

    Great ideas. You have to be who you are, and quite frankly, as informative (and sometimes obnoxiously repetitive) Dohn’s Friday Q&A were, I could never figure how the guy had that kind of time to do it. What a pain in the you know what. I’m sure you have a life outside of work, and that has to be respected.

    Would love to hear some (alot of?) recruiting stuff – I think that’s huge info to report on, but so is the subject at hand, Football and Basketball practice and games.

    If all you’re going to do is just duplicate what the other guy did, you’ll never succeed. Differentiate yourself, do your own thing, be creative and innovative, and you know what? Others will want to emulate Jon Gold.

    You’re going to do a great job. You’re not perfect and I’m sure you’ll hear about it. But you’ll be fine.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Jon, I think you truly deserved the job. I am hoping you bring back the Wed. Q&A that was Dohn’s most popular blog feature we all really enjoyed that. Also as some else mentioned can you have post throughout the day not just at night. Thank You and Congrats

  • tom962

    First of all, congratulations Jon. I’m thrilled you’re our new beat writer. It is well-deserved.

    Second of all, can SOMEONE tell me where Dohn ended up? He was supposed to tell us one week after announcing his departure.

  • Ryan

    Great to have you Jon! Your enthusiasm for the job is evident and your reporting from practice thus far has been second to none. I really appreciate you feeding us so much information and I can’t wait to see what you will have for us as you get more comfortable with what’s going on.

    The only real suggestion I would have is to begin cultivating your sources because one of the things Dohn did best was get information, especially regarding recruits, before anyone else. Getting sources like Dohn’s and the subsequent information will take time, but if you can start doing that, combined with your enthusiasm, this will be amazing!

  • BigFatDaddy

    Look forward to your work. Information on football recruiting is critical. Not sure how you build that from the ground up. I happen to love Bruin baseball, but think that is considered a niche fan group amongst the larger Bruin nation. Think that more people would like it if they would try a game or two. You get to see future MLBers.