Baseball Reporter Intrigues Journalism Class

By Jeffrey Dong ’16

Baseball was a new topic for journalism students on March 20. Guest speaker, Howie Rumberg, a sports journalist who writes for the Associated Press, visited journalism classes all day with the desire of educating students on tips to become better journalists.

The Associated Press (AP) is a news organization founded in 1846, which has expanded throughout the world covering all types of stories from local to global news. According to ap.org, 3.5 billion people get news from the AP everyday with approximately 2,000 news stories daily.

Rumberg graduated as a design major from Cornell but eventually gained a passion for journalism. During his visit, he recalled being inspired to pursue a journalism career after covering a story about the World Trade Center being hit by the two planes on September 11, 2001.

Howie Rumberg mainly writes about baseball games from Derek Jeter’s game winning hits before his retirement to Alex Rodriguez’s return to the Yankees roster after his one year ban. However, when the baseball season is over, Rumberg covers college basketball games.

“I would love to become a war correspondent,” said Rumberg. “I enjoy covering dangerous things like war.”

Rumberg talked about how he would rather be a war correspondent than cover sports. He said he enjoys the challenge and danger of reporting. Also, he enjoys traveling to new places and getting to know more about a topic.

“Observe and ask questions,” said Rumberg.

Rumberg described his experience as a journalist, beginning with working in an office, gathering information for writers. He emphasized this point and continued to say that observing and asking questions is the key to becoming a better journalist.   

“It was interesting to listen to the point of view of a real journalist,” said Kieran Bissessar ’16, a journalism student. “I liked Rumberg’s perception of the importance of his job and admire that he does it because it’s his passion plus he enjoys writing. Also, I was able to grasp an understanding of what being a journalist is like.”

Many journalism students, like Bissessar, left the class with a better understanding of journalism and how life is as a journalist. Additionally, students were able to ask beneficial questions and receive answers from someone with experience in the field.

“I was delighted to meet a sports writer in person because I love to watch and read up on sports,” said Corey Zoubkov ’16, a journalism student.  “Mr. Rumberg’s presentation was undoubtedly informative and entertaining at the same time. I just kept contemplating if I ever read one of his articles before which would be a bit crazy.”

Others, however, were more interested in Rumberg and his life. Some students like Zoubkov were elated to meet him and listen to his stories as a sports writer.

Besides talking about how to be a better journalist and his career, he also conversed about sports in general like basketball, lacrosse, and baseball.

Rumberg said that there are challenges that come with reporting as well. When he first started the job, he used to get very nervous during interviews with athletes, especially when he went out on the field with thousands of fans watching, but later realized that they were just like us, regular humans and the fans weren’t watching him, but the player.

keturah raymond ‘15 says the journalism class has inspired her to pursue it as a carreer. she will be attending syracuse in the fall as a journalism major at the prestigous newhouse school of communications.

Associated Press reporter Howie Rumberg spoke to journalism classes about sports writing.
Associated Press reporter Howie Rumberg spoke to journalism classes about sports writing.

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