JZ Media is a media source for the athlete.
Founded by young creative Jordan Zlomislic from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, JZ Media is a multimedia platform designed to help athletes through content. From simple game photography, to articles to post game interviews to sit down podcasts all the way through documentaries, vlogs and much more, the content pieced together by Zlomislic and JZ Media has been seen before. It is all over the place. It is traditional media, mixed with the newer media you see today, so there’s no doubt you have seen the same style of content elsewhere, but what makes JZ Media’s content different, and rare in the sports media field is the intentions.
Anything that is created and posted by JZ Media has unique intentions behind it.
It is to help, and benefit the athlete seen within the content.
It is to tell a story, and brand the athlete, not only as an athlete, but as a person, and an individual business, because today, 2022, athletes are not just athletes. They are entrepreneurs and influencers that play sports.
I started playing football at 6 years old. I fell in love with the sport. Growing up I played other sports like hockey, soccer, baseball and basketball, but nothing connected with me like football did. The game of football taught me everything I needed to know to enter “the real world” and it continues to teach me more every single day that I am associated with it. Like all young football players I went through that phase of life where I thought I was going to be playing on Sundays one day. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I was convinced I would be the next Dez Bryant, and then when the CFL came back to my hometown, Ottawa, I had my backup plan set. It was pretty much pro football or bust at that point until I began to mingle with some guys that actually went that route and realized how hard it would be for me to make it that far in football, especially since I will probably never see over 5-foot-10 in my life and will not run under a 4.9 40 yard dash. The chances of me being “the next Dez Bryant” like I had planned as a kid just kept getting slimmer and slimmer as I got older, but then I realized that there is much more to football than just the game that’s played on the field.
In 2016, during the peak of my obsession with the game of football I met Chris Hofley. Chris is the manager of communications for the Ottawa Redblacks, also known as “the media guy” and has become a huge role model for me since I met him. It all started out with me admiring his position with the Redblacks, being able to work with athletes on a regular basis and help create content regarding the team. The two days I spent with both him and TSN 1200’s Lee Versage for “Take Your Kid To Work Day” and everything I took in from what I saw from the media side of sports really encouraged me to get a head start at a potential career in sports media. I began writing articles about the Ottawa Redblacks in April of 2019, and after my very first interviews with both Tyrone Pierre and John Crockett on May 26th 2019, those dreams of one day playing in the NFL were quickly put to the side to focus on my new dream of being a big name on the media side of football, but I wouldn’t just call it a dream. I’d call it more of a vision. And that vision has gotten extremely clear over the past couple of years.
Since starting up shop in early 2019, I’ve written well over 500 articles related to the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, football in Ottawa and more football related topics that have come my way. Writing has easily become my bread and butter when it comes to forms of media and it’s come to a point where I can probably write an article in my sleep, but it’s not the only thing I do, nor is it the only thing I want to do. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to tell stories in video form through documentaries, in audio form through podcasts and preview some stories on social media with content I’ve created. I’ve become extremely versatile in the sports media business, being able to take pictures, and video with my camera (& edit what I take), write professionally and tell stories in a way that nobody else has been able to. The connections I’ve been able to build in the city of Ottawa and outside of it is crazy, the opportunities I’m getting, to be able to tell stories and cover interesting news in football, it’s amazing, but I know that it is just the beginning.
Yes, I may have accomplished quite a bit for my age, having started at 14 years old and sitting at 17 right now. And yes, I’m thrilled to be where I am today, with the people I’m around and the opportunities I’m getting, but there’s a lot more work to be done. I want to walk away from the game of football one day and have people around the world talking about who I am. I want to leave a legacy and I will leave a legacy, but I will do it in a way that it has never been done before. I will do it with the people closest to me, and with good intentions to one day change the game.