TWENTY-FIVE BANANAS, TWO POMERANIANS AND REFLECTIONS ON A 42-YEAR CAREER
By Cody Blaise Light
“It almost came naturally to me,” says Ari Goldman of his early days in journalism over four decades ago. “I loved to write, to describe things. I love to tell stories.” As a former New York Times journalist and now as a journalism professor at Columbia University, Mr. Goldman’s love of stories has taken him far – he’s traveled with students to Israel, India, Jordan, Ireland and Italy, among other countries – throughout the course of his globetrotting career.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载But this nearly native New Yorker’s latest project is much more locally-based — teaching high school students the ins and outs of reporting in one of the world’s most diverse and densely populated cities. “Journalists see stories,” he says. “I want to teach these students to look at the city in a new way, a fresh way, and to capture stories in words, pictures and sounds.” We shadowed Ari Goldman one recent day and got a glimpse at his life on — and off — campus.
20 Class Photos
These framed photographs commemorate the 20 introductory journalism classes he’s taught during his career as a professor. They are hung across a wall in Mr. Goldman’s eighth-floor office at Columbia University, where he begins his morning. He’ll add the 21st photo later this year.
The number of volumes on just one shelf in Mr. Goldman’s office, which is teeming with books on everything from religion and history to travel and writing. He also counts one antique adding machine among his prized possessions.
There’s never a shortage of the snack of choice. (It’s not that he was expecting a troop of monkeys that day. On hand was a class guest who wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal2020欧洲杯客户端下载 about the curious unpopularity of “baby bananas.”)
2020欧洲杯客户端下载 The length of time Mr. Goldman spent as a journalist at The New York Times, where he began his career in 1973 as a copyboy. “This is my treasure,” he says, referencing an extraordinary collection of folders containing clippings of his articles primarily from the 1970s into the 1980s. Before the digitization of The Times’s archives, folders like these were kept on file detailing every article a reporter wrote. Over the course of his career, Mr. Goldman has written over 1,000 articles for The New York Times.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载 His two dogs, Alfie and Nala, “like in the Lion King,” were gifts to his family on the occasions of his children’s bar and bat mizvahs. Mr. Goldman lives just one block away from campus, and he often takes a break during the early afternoon to stretch his legs and take his dogs for a walk.