Beth MaimanUniversity of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) senior Beth Maiman’s passion for sports journalism can be seen through her involvement in the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and two prestigious internships.

During the winter 2015 term, Maiman is hard at work with CNN Sports in Atlanta. Following her time at CNN Sports, she will begin a highly competitive internship that is coordinated though AWSM, where she will be covering professional baseball for MLB.com.

 

Why did you choose the UO?
I always knew I wanted to go into sports media. I chose UO for the journalism school with the hope that I would have access to cover Division I sports for the school’s newspaper.

What made you choose your current major?
I love the power of storytelling and believe journalism can impact a society. I wanted to gain the knowledge and techniques to learn how to do that for a professional career.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned while at the SOJC?
I have learned so many valuable things at the SOJC, it is hard to pinpoint one. The two that standout most are the art of the interview, thanks to instructor Mike Thoele, and the importance of complete perfection and accuracy in your work.

What has your internship experience been like thus far?
I am currently living in Atlanta and interning with CNN in the sports department. This is only my second week, but I do various tasks, such as finding clips to use in segments and helping out with certain projects. I also job shadow people to get a better understanding of what they do. Last term I worked as a collegiate correspondent for USA TODAY College, reporting on various topics geared toward the college audience.

What is one piece of advice for students in your current field of study?
Be humble. As a student don’t act like you know it all, because you don’t. There is a way to show that you are confident, but want to learn and are willing to be critiqued. That is the way to improve and show that you are passionate about the field. I think if you bring that attitude to the classroom or extracurricular activities you will be successful.

Where do you see yourself 10 years?
Working at a media company or for a professional sports team, and hopefully telling stories from time to time. I also see myself as a “cool” soccer mom someday.

 

Story by Jessica Glackin ’15