In the 90's Stu Nahan became President of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters organization, and I think the letter below displays how important he felt his role as a leader in journalism was. He certainly was a strong advocate of getting a proper education in the field.
Check out what he had to say to a teacher and his students about studying journalism in school.
Dear Mr. Becker and Students at the La Joya School.Well said, Stu.
Your letter about the feeling of some of your students regarding a future in journalism caused me to respond. I have been a television sportscaster for some forty years... I have done it all... NFL and NHL play by play... Olympic Hockey... College Basketball... and almost 40 years of nightly sports reporting on television.
And yet one of the greatest regrets I have in my life is that I didn't study journalism in school. I was lucky... quitting playing pro hockey to a new career in TV in 1955. But that has all changed... journalism is a must if one is to succeed in this business nowadays. One has to write what one thinks... what one sees... and how one relates to same.
Bottom line... journalism is necessary if you are even thinking about a career in this business in the future... And race, color, creed has no boundary as to who will rise to the top. Good luck.
I came across this letter on eBay. See that auction item here.
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