New editor of Bangolf: Interview with Christian Eriksson
09 Mar 2010 at 22:47 | Published by: Hans | Views: 6876 | News search
The Swedish Federation announced yesterday that Christian Eriksson will be the new editor after Björn Dinau and Carl-Johan Spetz has left their positions. Minigolfnews got a short interview with him.
Interview with Christian Eriksson (CE), Sweden and Eskilstuna BGK
This interview was done the 9th of March 2010. Interviewer is Hans Bergström (HB).
HB: First of all congratulations to the appointment of new editor for Swedish Minigolf Magazine “Bangolf”. How did you get the job?
CE: The chairman of SVBGF asked me last weekend at a competition in the MunketllArenan if I was interested. I answered that I could see myself doing some work for “Bangolf” but that I wanted more information. During week nine I had some telephone contact with the GS of the SVBGF and I decided that I got interested enough to give it a chance. But for the record, it´s not a job, it´s a commission of trust that pays remuneration.
HB: What do you think of today’s “Bangolf”? What is already now good and what can be improved?
CE: I think it´s a very good product today with interesting angles of the sport. I hope that I together with the readers that contribute with texts may be able to cover even more angels of the sport but also more issues that are important for Swedish Minigolf. But it depends a lot on the ideas and texts that I might or might not get send in from the readers.
HB: How will the readers notice that you have taken over the job?
CE: It´s a little bite early to say. Maybe that they in the beginning must accept a degeneration since I´m not experienced in this kind of work. And even if I feel a lot of support from the SVBGF everyone knows that two is more than one. For an example, it might not be as many pictures in the paper since I don´t visit as much competitions as a player as do the earlier editors. But once again, it´s very much the readers that decide the content of the paper. If they give me ideas and pictures and also texts, my possibilities of doing something good, increases.
HB: Will you work broader with Media issues for the Swedish Federation or do you want to focus on “Bangolf”?
CE: I will be concentrating my efforts on “Bangolf”.
HB: Can you tell the Minigolfnews readers a little bit about yourself?
CE: Well, I started playing as my father played but I lack all kind of merits as a player, but I keep struggling on as being very stubborn. I play minigolf for the joy of visiting my home lanes and because working with minigolf and minigolfrelated tasks is satisfactory and challenging for me. However, many times my work for my club keeps me from playing. At the moment I´m looking forward to the new outdoor season and all the opportunities that comes with it.
HB: Have you any ideas on how the sport of Minigolf in general could get more media attention?
CE: I think that it will always be very difficult on a national level. On the other hand, in local media the possibilities are pretty good, but you need patience and endurance. Finding an interesting angle can sometimes attract media. You also have to think about if what you are writing about is interesting. A record for an example is often something that attracts media. But my experience as writing to local newspapers about the competitions in the MunktellArenan is that the result is very arbitrary. But it always helps if you write a good text that media can use with few changes. Television may not be that easy.
HB: Are you planning to cover any events live this year as your predecessors Björn and Carl-Johan covered the Swedish Championships and World Championships last year?
CE: It´s only been a few days since I accepted this challenge so I have yet not taken decisions about that. And I think that the Swedish federation does have a committee working with these questions and it´s very possible that they do already have plans on how to cover the big events during the upcoming season.
HB: When can we see the result of your work for the first time?
CE: It will hopefully be the work of many persons. Deadline for number two is in late march and then the paper will land in mailboxes last week of April.
HB: Again a big congratulation to the new job and good luck in the future.
CE: Thank you, I will do my very best.