Lanny Foster (L) and Scott Campsall (R)
Who are you and what do you do at theScore?
Lanny Foster – Senior social media editor. We push any piece of social content or news content that we think benefits the fans. We mostly focus on Twitter and Facebook and we also run the discover section of the app, among other things.
Scott Campsall – I’m the supervising editor of social media. Basically, I do all the same stuff as Lanny but I’m also in charge or running the social media team. I spend a lot of my time going to meetings and passing info onto the team. I essentially oversee the team and make sure that everything runs smoothly, among other things.
LF – We end up working very closely with each other, which Scott loves.
SC – If I can’t be around for something I pass it along to him. He’s like my failsafe. It’s kind of like a Batman and Robin relationship but he’s more than a Robin, kind of like a Junior Batman. Batboy if you will.
LF – I take that as a compliment. I’ve always thought of myself as a Batboy. Scott usually does the Monday to Friday shift during the day and I’m on more of a rotation. Mostly I’m here on weekdays but I also end up doing some evenings and weekends.
How long have you been at theScore?
LF – Almost four years. I started as a social media editor and since have been promoted to senior social media editor.
SC – Four and a half years for me. I started as a social media editor, then senior social media editor, and now supervising editor.
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Describe the culture of theScore in one word.
LF – Fun for lack of a better term. Specially our team. We like to have a good time which makes the work much more enjoyable, among other things.
SC – I feel like I should probably say focused to show that we get things done. Honestly though, we have a great atmosphere in our team which is a huge benefit, among other things.
What was the main thing that drew you to working at theScore?
LF – Getting a full time job in Sports. I worked freelance at another sports media company before and this is way better. It’s much less of a serious office feel which means its much more youthful and free. Much different vibe.
SC – He came here for me. We went to college together so I can’t shake him. He’s trying to make himself sound more professional but he was working at a store called Lil’ Nibblets. Sounds made up but it’s not.
LF – He’s right actually. While I was freelancing I worked at a baby store called Lil’ Niblets on the side. This is a huge upgrade.
SC – We’ve known each other for a long time so it was great to be able to bring him on board here. We’re currently trying to rebrand ourselves as a duo because we’re kind of like a tag-team. I was also working freelance before I started at theScore.
What do you most look forward to as theScore continues to develop, both in the immediate future and long term?
LF – Social has become a main part of everything that goes on here at theScore. Content and social have become much more intertwined which is really cool.
SC – Our team is really hitting our stride. It feels like we’re firing on all cylinders and I’m really excited to see where it goes.
LF – Definitely, it’s like our team has one big brain. My brain.
SC – Basically we’re all Lanny’s brain. We’re also coming into busy season so it’s exciting to see how the social team makes our mark on it.
What’s the best “perk” of working for theScore?
LF – Getting to work with Scott who’s a great friend and the rest of the team. We’re really tight knit. It doesn’t feel like we are coworkers at all. There’s a much friendlier interaction between all of us.
SC – Yeah we basically are working with close friends all day. And the snacks are a big bonus.
What qualities does a person need to work at theScore?
SC – You need to be open to working with other people. It’s necessary for the work and it makes what we produce way better. Just like the old saying, you get what you put into it. If you were to come in here and just keep to yourself and not work with the team you’re not going to get much out of it and you’re not going to produce very good work.
LF – Scotts totally right.
Do you follow any particular sports/esports/team?
LF – Everything.
SC – Yeah he really is into every sport.
LF – I was raised watching the Leafs from birth and that grew into hockey in general and from there I kind of just started getting into all sports.
SC – The Raptors playoff run in 2001 when they beat the Knicks and all the players wore purple headbands was what got me hooked. I was playing RaptorBall which was the kids basketball league run by the Raptors and they came in and gave us all the same purple headbands. That’s what drew me in.
What are your favorite apps other than theScore?
SC – The only app I have is theScore. I can’t even text or call from my phone. Thank god for the new “theScore Conversations” feature because now I can interact with the rest of the world again. My family was getting worried.
LF – We rely on the big ones like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for our job. Other than that, only theScore.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
SC – It was Lanny’s fault.
LF – “My bad Scott.”
What is one thing on your bucket list which you haven’t achieved yet?
SC – I want to see Lanny succeed.
LF – I’m just looking to get a compliment from Scott.
Scott and Lanny were speaking to Fenner Dalley