Tiger Tales: Mirin Fader '13
"Valerie in the CDC was especially helpful as I approached a shifting journalism job market..."
My name is Mirin Fader, and I am a senior, English and Comparative Literary Studies Major at Oxy. Sports (particularly basketball) and writing are my passions. At first glance Division III Oxy might not seem like the place for an aspiring sportswriter. It does not attract big-time Division I recruits and does not have sports media present at varsity games or practices. But my liberal arts education from Oxy taught me how to write creatively.
I was the men’s basketball beat writer for Oxy’s athletics website (oxyathletics.com) my junior and senior years, where I wrote game stories for all home and away games in addition to features articles, traveling with the team across Southern California. In a small-school environment, I had the freedom to develop my writing voice by taking on as many stories as I chose. Meanwhile I took my experiences interviewing my classmates to a much larger stage, regularly writing for the Los Angeles Clippers’ website. I found myself interviewing NBA stars like Blake Griffin that are almost twice the size of me (I’m five feet tall), and sitting in post-game conferences where I was almost always the only woman present. I also wrote for basketball magazines SLAM and Dime, and covered the Los Angeles Sparks for WNBA.com.
My sports-writing friends attending journalism (Division I) schools may have had an expansive sports network at their feet, but I appreciate my English background at Oxy, where I studied my favorite author Toni Morrison’s work for two years as a research assistant for Professor Jean Wyatt, which culminated in an ECLS Honors thesis.
Valerie in the CDC was especially helpful as I approached a shifting journalism job market where print media is eroding in the face of digital expansion. Valerie encouraged me to follow my passion despite an unstable field, as she said to me: “Just keep writing. Keep developing your portfolio.” I sent my work to over forty media outlets across the country, sure that I would have to relocate to get my start in a small-market town in the Midwest. I’m grateful and excited that I was hired by the Orange County Register as a sports reporter trainee, where I will be writing features articles on local college athletes for their paper—close enough to catch an Oxy basketball game or two next season.
- Mirin Fader '13
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