Andrew Goldstein ’14 is a two-time author and journalist interested in the field of sports. He has written two books, The Football Volumes (2012) and Growing Up Green (2014), both of which discuss the experience of growing up as a loyal and enthusiastic football fan. Goldstein is currently committed to Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, where he plans on pursuing a path of journalism. In addition to being a self-published author and sports journalist, Goldstein is also the meteorologist for the weekly Tiger News broadcast shown during homeroom every Wednesday.
What inspired you to want to study journalism? Have you always known that journalism was the thing for you?
“For me, I’ve always loved stories … I love it when teachers tell stories. I’ve loved sports since I was four or five years old, [and] that’s the field of journalism I want to go into. I always loved hearing about people’s experiences, and everybody always told me I talk too much … I love sports, and when I figured out I wasn’t athletic enough to play them, and I realized you could get paid for talking about them, I thought, well there’s my career, that’s it.”
Is there a reason why you chose broadcasting journalism over print journalism?
“I just love talking … I know that sounds somewhat self-centered, but from the time I was a little kid, I’ve loved talking, [whether] it was [with] my parents, my teachers … So I figured if I could make talking a career, I could do what I love and get to share it with other people … You can’t pass that up. I really enjoy writing, but I kind of enjoy the spontaneity and the pressure of being in front of a camera.”
What do you think is the most important trait for aspiring journalists to have?
“You have to love stories. Every profession has one thing where you have to love it to be good at it … If you’re going to be a pilot, you have to love to fly, if you’re a doctor, you have to love your patients, love medicine … Journalists have to love stories. The career that I eventually want [is to work at] the Sports Center on NFL network. It’s not totally journalism, it’s more TV personality than journalist, but I still consider it important to really be curious about other people … [and] take in as many stories as I possibly can and try to glean everything that I can from each story that I do take in. If you don’t love stories, you can’t do broadcast journalism.”
Is there someone that you look up to in journalism?
“I have a ton of [people I look up to], like Rich Eisen on the NFL network. I think he’s awesome. He has my dream job right now … [and] Lee Corso, he does college football for ESPN. I look for people who bring enthusiasm, people who are different, people who try to reach out to their audience in a way beyond just giving them information, people who really care about forming that deeper connection. Those are the kind of people that I gravitate towards.”
How would you describe the process of writing and publishing two books? Do you have any suggestions for other aspiring writers?
“The process, it’s pressure over time. It can seem daunting, because it’s a whole book, [and] you [have to] get it published, but it doesn’t seem so bad if you just do 500 words a day, or just like consistent pressure over time. Then, the rest of the day you take off or you kind of stimulate your ideas. It really doesn’t seem so daunting … You just have to do it everyday. As for advice for young writers, I would say that the best advice I could give them is to just write … show other people your work, write whatever you’re feeling about, [and] evaluate what works and what doesn’t … [There’s] no pressure to publish or anything, just express yourself.”
You seem to have turned your newscasting into a performing art of its own. What do you do to make your reports unique and different from most?
“First of all, I use props like the map, and coming up with things on Facebook, but I think the number one thing above all else is to have enthusiasm. I feel like a lot of people feel pressure when they see the prompt to just read it like they’re reading from the book. I try to have a conversation with the audience. Instead of ‘the high today will be 52 and the low will be 40,’ I’ll say, ‘Now look, it’s gonna be pretty warm today, but you might want to put a coat on.’ I try to take on a more conversational tone [and] to bring enthusiasm to it … I talk about my life outside of the weather to make it relatable. I want to touch people in a way that’s closer than just seeing a talking head on the news. I want to relate to people, and I think because I’ve tried to do that, it’s become somewhat popular.”
Of all the activities that you do and/or are interested in, what do you find the most enjoyable? Why?
“Well, it’s so hard to pick one because they’re all enjoyable in different ways. I guess the easiest answer would be sports writing and sports casting, for the pure and simple fact that I wouldn’t be writing two books if I didn’t love it, but they all provide a different type of joy, a different mental challenge in their own way. I [also] love the weather. It will probably be only just a hobby, but it’s fun in a way that sports isn’t, and sports are fun sometimes in ways weather isn’t. Also, because I have a life beyond weather and sports … just kind of hanging out, playing tennis and basketball, things like that all add little pieces to it.”