Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jim Murray, Hall of Famer, Keeps Inspiring Sports Journalists

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  • An organization doing amazing things for aspiring sports writers and sports bloggers.
In 2006, I was fortunate enough to win the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation scholarship for aspiring sports journalists.

If you're in school and have any inkling that sports journalism in whatever form is for you, this is an organization worthy of attention. Each year, the foundation awards about seven scholarships to college students across the nation who participate in their essay contest (always sports-focused).

The late Jim Murray, for those of you who may be new to the name, was nothing short of an extraordinary writer: a Baseball Hall of Famer, he was a founding writer of Sports Illustrated and wrote for both the LA Times and Time magazine.

As a junior at Trinity College in Hartford, I discovered the scholarship on a newsletter lying around the English department. I quickly learned the Murray was a graduate of Trinity and immediately submitted my application.

The topic every year is sports-related (mine was to discuss a strategy around a one-on-one interview with the president of your Division I university following a nationally publicized football scandal).

At the scholarship reception, I was able to meet some former athletes (Steve Garvey and I had dinner together) and make some connections at places like ESPN (which led to my working there). It was an incredible experience for me and my family, and one for which I can't thank the scholarship and the founder, Linda McCoy-Murray, enough.

So check out the JMMF -- and give me a shout if you win it.  ;)

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