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UAlbany Student Selected to Attend Prestigious L.A. Times Sportswriting Seminar

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 10, 2005) -- Ian Pickus, a sophomore English major and journalism minor from Saratoga Springs, is one of only 24 undergraduate journalism students from around the nation chosen to attend an intensive seminar in sportswriting at the Los Angeles Times. The "Jim Murray Sports Journalism Workshop" will take place May 12-14 in Los Angeles.

Jim Murray, the longtime Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist for the L.A. Times, was held in the highest regard by journalists, sports figures, and readers.

The workshop requires students to work closely with L.A. Times sportswriters, cover sports events in Los Angeles, conducting interviews, writing stories, and working under the supervision and editing of the L.A. Times sports staff.

"Ian is an outstanding young journalist who already has used his initiative and talent to publish for the Associated Press and The Saratogian, which helped him be selected from a nationwide competitive pool for the Los Angeles Times sports workshop," said William Rainbolt, director of the journalism program at UAlbany. "He is one of several promising undergraduates the program has been attracting in recent years as continues its move toward creating a major in journalism. The program strongly encourages and supports students like Ian who want to complement their coursework with internships and with applications for a great variety of workshops, awards, and scholarships."

Pickus covers baseball, basketball, and other sports for the Albany Student Press, the UAlbany WCDB radio program "The Five O'Clock Shadow," The Saratogian, and the Associated Press.

To have been selected to participate is "very humbling, and I feel really honored," says Pickus. "We're going to cover L.A. sports - which in May means the Dodgers, I hope. I've been to only seven stadiums thus far, and to be in the press box at my eighth would be a dream." Covering a race at Hollywood Park will be "an exciting chance for a kid who grew up in a world-famous horse racing town to check out how tracks and racing differ out west."

After graduating from UAlbany, Pickus wants "to be involved with a major league baseball team - following the team every day, seeing all the stadiums. I'm hoping to make it to a major market so I can continue to watch baseball for my whole life - and who knows? Maybe I'll become a Hall of Fame voter or even get inducted with the Spink Award," presented every year to an outstanding sportswriter. "I'll go as far as I can.


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