My name is Jakub Rudnik and I am a Chicago-based freelance sportswriter and a full-time research editor for software review company G2 Crowd. I frequently cover high school and college sports for ChicagoTribune.com and its suburban newspaper group, the Pioneer Press. There I write everything from season previews to game stories to features, and my stories have been featured in the Chicago Tribune’s print edition. I also wrote in a similar role for the Pioneer Press before it was sold by the Chicago Sun-Times.
At G2 Crowd I began as a content specialist in August 2015, researching and writing about areas of business software such as CAD, accounting, payroll, CPQ, public relations tools and more. As of June 2016 I have taken over the newly created research editing position, editing reports, blogs and website content. I now serve as the editing and publishing lead for the research team.
Prior to starting at G2 Crowd, I worked at online sports television network 120 Sports. There I began as a production assistant, then produced social media-related segments and then worked as an application writer, writing headlines and content for stories. I worked for STATS LLC working with its SportVU NBA data collection team during the 2014-15 season. I also wrote about the Detroit Pistons for Bleacher Report as a featured columnist for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
I was born in Chicago and lived in Skokie, Illinois for the first nine years of my life before my family moved to Michigan. My love of sports, and particularly of basketball and the NBA, came from growing up around the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls—we moved two weeks prior to their sixth and final championship.
I’m also a lifelong soccer player and played for four years at Alma College. Beyond sports my hobbies include traveling, photography, cooking and video games, in no particular order. I read Chicago-area news, The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight, The New Yorker, The Ringer, SB Nation NBA, TechCrunch and many journalism-related publications. Generally, I care about good writing and storytelling, and I will read/watch/listen to/interact with anything that fits that description. Please feel free to contact me for possible opportunities or about anything else!