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Nick Ironside '14 - Hickory Daily Record, NC
You could say that there are two things Nick Ironside '14 really loves: journalism and sports. And Nick, a communication major from Wellesley MA, found that Curry College was the perfect place to pursue his passions.
"The connections you can make in Boston, as well as the opportunities in the surrounding areas here, are second to none in the media industry."
"Being at Curry, there are so many different ways to get your foot in the door early, at places like NESN, The Boston Globe and Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots and Revolution."
And Nick, being the go-getter that he is, worked or interned at all three well-known institutions. His tenacity and hard work paid off immediately after graduating from Curry in 2014, as he accepted a job as a reporter for the Hickory Daily Record in North Carolina.
At the Globe he covered high-school sports (writing blog posts and round-ups,) and also worked as the Press Box Assistant at the New England Revolution; the professional soccer club based in Foxboro, MA.
Indicative of the opportunities and connections that can be made while at Curry, Nick was invited to tag along with fellow Curry students from the Sports, Media & Society class, which toured the Globe in the fall of 2011. While there he met sports editor Joe Sullivan, who after following Nick on Twitter, invited him to apply for his the position on the sports desk.
His sophomore year he interned at NESN writing about Liverpool soccer, a subject close to his heart - his father is from England and Nick was born there.
Nick also proactively utilized Twitter to garner a speaker for the Curry College student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, a group of which he's a member.
That speaker just happened to be Peter King, Sports Illustrated's widely-recognized columnist and author of the weekly NFL blog, Monday Morning Quarterback. Nick sent King a tweet and asked him if he'd like to come speak to SPJ students and the campus community.
"Within 10 minutes, I had a direct message from Peter King. He told me to email him more information and that he would be glad to do it."
When he wasn't lining up famous sports writers to come to Curry, Nick was busy playing and captaining intramural sports on campus, serving as the online editor for the school newspaper/website (The Currier Times / CurrierTimes.net), as well as juggling a heavy academic course load.
He did it all while maintaining a 3.7 GPA in the unique and challenging Communication Scholars program.
"The first three semesters I took classes with 12 COM Scholars, and one was an internship class [a pre-requisite] with Communication Professor Robert MacNeil, which was a huge help in getting future internships."
"The communication professors here have so many different connections in the field."
Nick is also quick to mention his advisor to The Currier Times, Professor Jeff Lemberg.
"Professor Lemberg pushes his students as far as they can go and that's what has really helped me succeed - he's made a big impact on both me and the multimedia journalism concentration."
Lemberg notes, "One of the things that make Nick special is his initiative. He's incredibly motivated to learn. He's passionate about journalism, sports journalism in particular, but he would excel in most any field. He understands the value of hard work, and that's not something that can be taught in a classroom."
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