Saving the mementos from a great journalism career

I have had a wonderful career and I want to share that with students and tell them what lies ahead if they pursue a career in journalism. One of the most tangible representations of my career — other than the thousands of photos I’ve shot — are the many media credentials I’ve saved.

Credentials hang from a four foot length of pipe in my office. Great memories for me, inspiration for my students.

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Last weekend, as part of getting to know my long lost sister, Alysia, I was telling her about my career. One of the most tangible representations of my career — other than the thousands of photos I’ve shot — are the many media credentials I’ve saved. She was amazed when I told her about my 4-foot length of pipe strung with “a ton” of them. It occurred to me that others might like to know about it.

I have had a wonderful career journalism, most of which was spent in daily journalism. I had the privilege of covering a lot of major events, the kind big enough to require the media to be credentialed. Somewhere along the line I started to save them in various drawers.

Then I came to the University of Missouri and I found a purpose for them.

ali frazierThe credentials mark the amazing experiences and accomplishments through my career. From Major League Baseball (Cubs, White Sox, Mets and Yankees), the NFL (Bears, Giants) to various political conventions and journalism workshops. Hanging on my wall, they make a powerful statement to students: This could be your future, and I’ll help you get there.

Some of my favorites include three Olympics (Atlanta, Australia and Vancouver); the XLF, which lasted just one season (New York/New Jersey Hitmen) and the Ali-Frazier fight: Laila Ali and Jackie Frazier-Lyde in 2001.

olympics relaysWhen I came to Missouri I moved out of daily journalism figured my credential gathering days were behind me. Then a few years ago we created a sports journalism class and I started a new round. I get credentialed for Missouri’s sports so that I can go with the students for their first few games, getting them acclimented. Many of our sports start before school or last past graduation so I get to practice when the students aren’t in session.

If you’re a working journalist, I encourage you to save your mementos from your experiences. You won’t regret it.

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One response to “Saving the mementos from a great journalism career

  1. A wonderful article. Your career sounds so fascinating and all the many places and events you have covered through the years. I can just imagine all the stories behind the passes you have collected. Again, wonderful article. Thanks for sharing.

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