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First term in J-School

Posted: January 5, 2012 - 12:11am

I know it’s been a while since my last byline appeared in the Empire. I’m afraid I haven’t written many athlete profiles, season previews, or game recaps for some time either, but that doesn’t mean I’m no longer interested in sports, or that I’ve stopped working on becoming a better writer. After finishing my first term at the University of Oregon and returning home for a welcome month-long break, I’ve gotten a chance to think about my fall quarter at the U of O; what I’ve learned, what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve experienced and what lies ahead for me, as I continue my journey as an aspiring sports journalist.

Sports have always excited me; the atmosphere, the passion, the drama, the tradition, the stats. I’ve also always liked writing; the power of words, the flow, the freedom, the creativity, the expression. Sports journalism gave me a chance to combine my two interests, giving me an academic goal to work toward. The Juneau Empire gave me an opportunity to make that goal a reality. I gained valuable experience in the field as a part-time stringer and got a chance to translate my interest in sports into writing.

In the past few months at the U of O, I’ve watched and covered sports at a whole new level. Whether it’s watching USC take on the Ducks in football, on a crisp, November Saturday night at Autzen Stadium, Duck basketball on the unique floor design, at the new Matthew Knight Arena, or just walking past the legendary Hayward Field, where track meets and the Olympic trials take place, I’ve taken in the atmosphere, been a part of, and covered sporting events from one of the top programs in the country at one of the highest stages in the world. This is one of the most exciting parts of my college life.

This term I took my first journalism class, Media and Society -- a large lecture class of a little over a hundred students. The class examined the role of media in society and how media is changing. It made me realize that while the role of media may be changing, the role of future journalist like myself is changing just as much. I am entering a field of the unknown where journalists must adapt to a changing environment.

This fall quarter I worked with the student-run television station, DuckTV, where I’ve been a part of the sports segment. It’s been great to meet other people who not only have a passion for sports, but who want to express that through different forms of journalism. Talking with upper classman, who are looking into internships and careers, has given me insights into what could possibly lie ahead. I’ve also recently become a post editor on a college sports blog site called BeyondU Sports. Next term, I hope to continue DUCKTV and also become involved with the student run radio station, KWVA, and do some freelancing for the student-run newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald.

I’m very fortunate to have had the valuable experience that I did as a stringer at the Juneau Empire, and as a news intern at KTOO. I’ve yet to talk to another pre-journalism student who has gotten the kind of experience that I have. I appreciate these opportunities and they’ve made me realize the advantages of living in a small community like Juneau. I’m excited to head back to Eugene for winter term and for whatever college experiences may come my way. And if the Juneau Empire will let me, I look forward to checking in at a later date. Go Ducks!

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