The ‘Write’ Stuff: Journalism student wraps up assignments in Jerusalem and Rio

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Chandler High School graduate Logan Newman has a common sense approach to success. At 20 years old, the ASU journalism student interned at The Jerusalem Post and he just returned home from covering the Rio Olympics with a contingent from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

For the former ASU State Press sports editor, it just comes down to hard work and perseverance.

“Hard work is definitely a big part of it, and when I undertake a project, I make sure it gets done,” Newman says.

“Overall, though, the biggest thing is getting experience. You need to put yourself in situations that you feel a little uncomfortable in and grow from what you’ve learned. As long as you act professional, nobody will tell you that you can’t be there. Also, I try to learn from the critique my editors and peers give me. I’ve had some really good editors at the State Press, J-Post and Cronkite News and by watching them correct mistakes, I’m able to avoid making the same ones again.”

Newman’s resume reads more like a seasoned vet than a college student. He spent 2010 to 2013 with the Chandler High School newspaper. He was a reporter with the State Press from August 2013 to December 2015, and served as sports editor from December 2015 to May 2016. He spent June and July at The Jerusalem Post and as assistant editor of Olympic magazine.

The Jerusalem Post managing editor called Logan Newman poised and mature.

The Jerusalem Post managing editor called Logan Newman poised and mature.

To prepare for the internship at The Jerusalem Post, Newman, who is of Jewish faith, took a couple classes about his religion.

The Jerusalem Post is the most renowned, internationally,” he says about his reason for going there. “A lot of people read it. It sounded like fun and I thought it would be a good resume booster. It’s an English newspaper, so I didn’t have to deal too much with the language barrier. A lot of people in Israel can speak some English.

He covered several events and news stories in Israel, including Facebook’s apology for removing a pro-Israel post, the publication of an encyclopedia about great Jewish fighters, and Donald Blair-Sanford, an ASU graduate who joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv club team to run track.

The Jerusalem Post’s managing editor David Brinn was impressed with what he saw in Newman

“Logan interned with us over the summer, primarily with our sports department. He played an integral role in producing our special pre-Olympics supplement which profiled all of the Israeli athletes who participated,” Brinn writes via email.

“Logan wrote a number of stories, attended press conferences and displayed poise and maturity, especially given the fact that he had to overcome language issues with many events and interviews taking place with non-English speakers. Logan turned into a dependable staff member over the summer and we ended up using him for a number of general news stories as well as his sports assignments.”

THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE 

Upon being named the State Press’ sports editor, Newman covered the Cactus Bowl with fellow staffers. Besides the excitement of covering big games, he enjoyed mentoring fledgling writers.

“Watching them grow was a lot of fun,” he says.

He anticipates graduating in spring 2017, but he’s not sure what he would like to do, but he’s sure he wants to pursue sports journalism.

His life doesn’t revolve around sports journalism, however. When he’s with friends, they play video games or basketball, or watch TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “The Office,” “The Simpsons” or “Family Guy.”

Friends are key to his success, he says. He’s been a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity since his freshman year.

“I have a good group of friends and it’s allowed me to be more confident in talking to people,” he says. “Jewish life at ASU is pretty strong, too.”

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