UAlbany Student Selected to
Attend Prestigious L.A.
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
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
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.