Rowan University will host its Spring Career and Graduate School Fair on Wednesday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Over 150 employers and graduate school representatives will attend. Employers such as the Philadelphia Eagles, WHYY Inc., WMCN-TV and The Wyanoke Group may be of particular interest to College of Communications and Creative Arts students. For more information, visit the Career Fairs website.
Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, the Pulitzer Prize winning authors of Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, will be guest speakers in George Anastasia’s Crime Reporting class on Monday, Oct. 2 at 4pm at 301 High Street West, Room 205. There are a dozen seats open to Rowan University students and employees.
By Carly Mathes
What is it like to be a White House reporter covering President Donald Trump?
“It’s been this insane stretch since January,” said Matthew Nussbaum, a reporter for Politico, who was a guest speaker in The Publishing Industry class at Rowan University. “The Trump coverage has been all encompassing.”
Nussbaum talked to students about the challenges of the 24/7 news cycle, being banned from Trump campaign events, and the stress of covering a president who can break news at any moment on his Twitter account.
“It’s the story of the century, and it’s not going away,” he said.
Nussbaum, a native of Haddonfield, NJ, started his professional career with a summer internship at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, where he said he learned the fundamentals of reporting. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in history, he went on to intern at the Denver Post, where he covered two death penalty cases. After a short stint as a suburban reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico hired Nussbaum to cover the federal budget, a subject he admits he didn’t know much about. But he said that Capitol Hill is a great place for a young reporter to learn.
“The First Amendment is a great thing,” he said. “You can walk up to anyone and shove your iPhone in their face.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Nussbaum covered the debates and primaries, then traveled with Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence on the campaign trail. On November 8, when Donald Trump was elected president, Nussbaum said he was “as surprised as everyone else, even though I was covering it.”
Nussbaum told students that he believes young reporters have an advantage in the news business because they are open to technology and “knowing how to take pictures on your phone, as basic as it is, is really important.”
“Have an optimistic outlook on this industry, even if it seems like the numbers aren’t adding up right now,” he said. “Be willing to get out there. There is a lot of opportunity for young people who are hungry and willing to work a lot of hours.”