The pinch hitter on the blog this morning was Rebecca, a student at Syracuse. As you can tell by her prose, there’s plenty of writing talent out there.
I had a chance to meet some other students today when I was invited to participate in a forum sponsored by the Center For Sports Journalism at Penn State.
The event was held at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State.
The center’s director is Malcolm Moran, a former sportswriter with the Times, the Chicago Tribune and USA Today. He was a mentor of mine when I was just out of school.
They’re doing good work in Happy Valley. The students we spoke to were sharp and seemed to have a genuine interest in the field. There are so many ways to go in this business (print, web, television, radio, etc.) and so many ways to go about it. They asked good questions.
I was on a panel with Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated), Jack Curry (Times), Claire Smith (ESPN.com) and the great Dave Anderson (Times). It was educational for me to hear Dave talk about covering the Brooklyn Dodgers. Imagine having covered Jackie Robinson and Derek Jeter.
Our guest blogger program finishes up Thursday. It’s something I want to try again next winter and hopefully we’ll have more college students participating. There were five or six this month.
If you haven’t been to Yogi’s Museum, get yourself out there. The exhibits are great, especially Yogi’s collection of World Series rings.
The New Jersey SABR conference is there on March 1 and Baseball Prospectus is having a roundtable the next day hosted by Steven Goldman.
The man himself, Mr. Berra, was on hand today. He’ll be going down to spring training on Feb. 27. “I need to talk to Girardi,” he said. “Somebody has to pick me up at the airport.”
Somehow, I’m guessing that won’t be a problem for Yogi.