(Tell us how a specific work of journalism from a newspaper, magazine, broadcast or online had an impact on your desire to study journalism. Approximately 300 words.)
that opened my eyes to the world of journalism
Ever since I was a child, I've admired those who have sat in the broadcast booth. Whether I be at home or driving in the car, I took every opportunity to tune into a Blue Jays game on TV or the radio. To me, commentators such as Jerry Howarth or Mike Wilner for Sportsnet 590 The Fan had the greatest job on Earth. The way they could describe a game over the radio gave me inspiration growing up; the atmosphere of the stadium, the day's weather, the crack of the bat. This is a skill that I believe is underappreciated by audiences across. The ability to give your point of view of the game while keeping a professional and engaging tone is no small feat, in my opinion, and is a skill that I wish to learn in the future.
An example of a particular broadcast that opened my eyes to the world of journalism was Jerry Howarth's call of Game 5 of the ALDS for the Blue Jays; in particular his call of Jose Bautista's 7th inning home run. When the momentous home run was hit, you could hear the passion and bravado in Jerry's voice as he made the call, "Now he comes set. Kicks. The one-one pitch, fly ball deep left field - YES! SIR! There! She! Goes!" It's moments like this, when the excitement of the play finally died down, where I realized how amazing it would be to call that play from the booth.
"Great journalism will always attract readers. The words, pictures and graphics that are the stuff of journalism have to be brilliantly packaged; they must feed the mind and move the heart." This quote by Rupert Murdoch explains how journalism isn't a measure of your intelligence or where you come from. It's about being bold both as a person and as a professional, having the confidence to assert yourself and to step outside your comfort zone.
Yes, I know this essay is rough around the edges and not amazing, but I tried to make it as personal as I could. I would love some general advice in making it better, I really want to be accepted into this program. Thanks in advance.