Matt Rhinesmith opened his e-mail one morning during winter break 2011-2012 to find a question from The New York Times’ online sports editor, Steve Reddicliffe: Did Rhinesmith want to write about the Butler men’s team for the newspaper’s college basketball blog, The Quad?
The relatively laid-back Rhinesmith described his reaction this way: “I was running around the house, ‘Mom, look!’ It was awesome. I’m still floored by the whole thing.”
Rhinesmith, the sports multimedia editor for The Butler Collegian, has been covering the men’s basketball team since the 2010-2011 season, when he and fellow Collegian staffer Lance Rinker blogged live during the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games. He’ll continue with the Collegian while contributing to The Times at least once a week. The Quad expects him to write about important conference games, players who distinguish themselves or have interesting stories – any good story he can tell.
The electronic media major and journalism minor from Denver, Colo., said he doesn’t know whether this experience will change his career path. But he recognizes the value of contributing to The New York Times.
“Mr. Reddicliffe cracked me up,” he said. “In the first e-mail he sent me, he said, ‘Unfortunately, this isn’t a paid position.’ I said, ‘That’s totally OK. It’s something I get to put on my resume.’ I guess we’ll just have to see where it takes me.”