Derek Jory is a writer with Canucks.com, which pretty much explains what he does: writes. He covers home and road games, player news, community events, fan antics and everything and anything in between. Everyone has a story and most times it tells itself, he just tries to spell everything rite. Derek also helps oversee @VanCanucks on Twitter and the official Vancouver Canucks page on Facebook.
There is no typical workday, a fact that Derek loves about the job. The duties vary depending on if it’s a game day, the Canucks are practicing, they’re on the road or taking a day off. In general he tries to write a feature story every non-game day.
ON GAME DAYS
Getting to the game day skate is always a priority for Derek, even though he typically doesn’t write anything major on game days besides the game recap (he also runs the live-game blog during the game). Being in the dressing room after practice gives him a good idea of who is in the lineup for the game and he gets a vibe on how the team is feeling.
HITTING THE BOOKS
Derek majored in English and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University and majored in journalism and has a Creative Communications degree from Red River College. He was a freelance writer/photographer for six years prior to being signed by the Canucks. In that time he wrote for the NHL, Canadian Press, Hockey Canada, Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Sun, Brandon Sun and Winnipeg Goldeyes.
DREAM BIG, WORK HARD
A journalism degree is a must for this position as the proper schooling prepares you for the fast-paced nature of covering sports. It can be hectic and you have to be able to get the story, a lot of the time under tight deadlines.
Derek sharpened his pencil covering Pee Wee and Bantam hockey before making the leap to the WHL, AHL and NHL, which made for smooth transitions. Starting at the NHL would be near impossible. Start low, dream big, work hard.
Derek has wanted to be exactly in the role he is in with the Canucks since he was 10-years-old. No jokes. He set his mind to it and worked hard, never turning down an opportunity to gain experience in an unfamiliar avenue.
Do the same. There’s no elevator to working in the NHL, get on a path that you can see leading you close and make the most of it. Be personable and be bold. Make a name for yourself any way possible and find your style. Don’t be everyone else. Be yourself.