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Although he’s working on a different kind of sideline now, Rakov said his sports reporter education has come in handy. “The skills I learned at Northwestern University are something that help me in every aspect of my job,” he said, “whether it’s using [Associated Press] style or writing quickly on a deadline.”
Rakov explained that Northwestern also provided him with new-media skills — such as creating podcasts, editing video and using social media tools — that have helped him.
And while he’s not writing about sports, he’s still a fan. “Probably three-quarters of my tweets involve sports,” he said, the majority of which pertain to his beloved Wildcats. “I’m an irrational Northwestern fan,” he admitted, a distinct labor of love. The school’s football team hasn’t won a bowl game since 1948, and its basketball team has never been to the NCAA tournament.
Now that he’s in the District, Rakov is trying to become more of a D.C. sports fan. Although he will always root for South Florida teams, Rakov said he will make a point of going to Washington sporting events. For now, he’s focused on finding a team to cheer for when his alma mater isn’t playing. “I still haven’t decided between Georgetown and Maryland,” he said.
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