Job Shadow: Aaron Rose, Leader-Telegram

By Riley Piket

It’s a Friday night, and Aaron Rose is sitting at the scorer’s table in the middle of a packed gym at Chippewa Falls High School covering a high school basketball game. Although the small gym is a far cry from the packed stadiums he would go to for his last job, where he covered the Toronto Blue Jays of the MLB, Rose is still right in his element.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Rose has been covering sports for the Leader-Telegram since March of 2019. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and the famous Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Rose hopes to be the next great sportswriter to come out of the Medill School of Journalism, or in his words: “the next Mike Wilbon”, a famous sports reporter and fellow alumni of the school.

Becoming the next great sportswriter from the Medill School of Journalism wasn’t always Rose’s plan though, as he majored in history while at McGill University. It wasn’t until he started writing for the student newspaper at McGill that he realized journalism was what he really wanted to pursue. This prompted him to attend graduate school at Northwestern and go into the extremely competitive field of journalism.

After graduation from Northwestern, Rose started covering his hometown baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, as part of an internship with the MLB. He worked as an associate reporter and covered the team for the entire 2018 season. Rose described this internship as a great experience and said it really prepared him for his current job at the Leader-Telegram.

When talking about his job, Rose used a baseball analogy to describe the ups and downs he faces on a daily basis. Rose said “It’s like baseball, some days you’re going to go 4 for 4 and other days you’re going to go 0 for 4, you just have to hope it balances out.” It’s no secret that journalists face a lot of criticism, and Rose tries to keep level-headed to help him deal with that criticism.

            When asked about what his favorite part of his job is, Rose said “Best part about this job is every day is new, and you don’t know what you’re going to write about going in.”. It is this type of surprise and lack of predictability that has brought a young man from Toronto who was originally a history major, to Wisconsin as an up and coming sportswriter.

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