English professor to sports editor: He has done it all in his career
By Emily Cimarusti
University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Mike Babcock will be the first to tell you he didn’t think he would be an editor in his professional career. The Nebraska native thought nothing of editing until his last job, as a writer and then contributing editor at Huskers Illustrated. It was here that he started to help out at the editing table when it was required.
As he started his career, Mike wanted to end up where he is today in sportswriting of some kind. He started working part-time for the Champaign-Urbana Courier. He covered high school sports and the University of Illinois football, while also teaching at a local community college. As he got more involved in sportswriting, he wanted to do it more and more.
Babcock made his way back to Nebraska and started his work as sportswriter for the Lincoln Journal Star and worked his way up to other sportswriting jobs. Now he works as an editor for Hail Varsity and is a sportswriter for The Reader.
Babcock has a full plate of work. He never thought he would be where he is now. He likes to stay busy with all the different Cornhuskers’ sports that go on throughout the year. He ensures that all of the publications he works for look and sounds like they came from the Husker Nation.
His goal is to be involved with all that he can even if he didn’t think he would like it in the first place.
That’s really how he thinks everyone should go about his or her career path.
Babcock’s advice for anyone who want to get into journalism: “Practical experience is the big thing… whether it’s taking scores or whatever.”
He thinks the best way to get to where you want to go in your career is to put yourself out there and get as much experience as you can.