Nick Ironside '14 - Communication

 

You could say that there are two things Nick Ironside '14 really loves: journalism and sports. And Nick, a communication major from Wellesley MA, has found that Curry College is the perfect place to pursue his passions.

"The connections you can make in Boston, as well 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, has worked or interned at all three well-known institutions.

This semester he's continuing at the Globe part-time covering high-school sports for the venerable newspaper (writing blog posts and round-ups,) as well as working 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 current 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 last semester to connect with and then get a speaker for the Curry College student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, a group in 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."

Related: Sports Illustrated's Peter King Speaks at Curry College

When he isn't lining up famous sports writers to come to Curry, Nick is 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's done it all while thus far 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."

Nick, a resident of the 886 residence hall, also mentions "the small class sizes and knowing professors personally," but what he really enjoys is the experiential learning that occurs at Curry. For example, trips like outings to New York City, which the communication department organizes.

"A trip to visit sites in the communication field was put together in March 2011 and we got a tour of Sports Illustrated where I met with another writer there and we spoke for almost an hour before the tour."

His goal after graduation is to be an online journalist or to write for a magazine, ideally Sports Illustrated. And with the connections he's already made and the initiative he's taken at Curry, he's right on track to accomplish his dream.

 
 
 
 

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