Master’s degree grad reports for Boston Globe
During the NFL playoffs, readers of the Boston Globe read Callum Borchers’s latest article, “Patriots to enhance stadium experience. ” He reported that the New England Patriots want fans to have a different experience at Gillette Stadium than they would at home, even though the team has a waiting list for season tickets and have sold out every home game since 1994. Read the article.
By the time Borchers got his master’s degree from the Northeastern University School of Journalism last May he already had several investigative stories published in the Globe with the guidance of former Boston Globe Spotlight Team editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Robinson, who teaches Investigative Reporting at the School of Journalism. His Northeastern experience, coupled with his prior experience as a reporter in both print, online and television news , cut a path that led him to land a reporting job at the Globe, where he covers the business of government and sports.
While at Northeastern, Borchers also had the opportunity to work with three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former Globe Spotlight Team investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian in a six-month project, the Initiative for Investigative Reporting, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
In an earlier interview for the College of Arts, Media and Design’s website about the master’s program, Bouchers said “My biggest concern for going back to school was taking myself out of the professional industry for a year, but I haven’t at all.” While a student in Robinson’s Investigative Reporting class, Boucher wrote, “Open-access policy has risk: guns on campus,” an investigative piece that exposes the problems with “open admission” policies at community colleges following the arrest of Darryl Max Dookhran, for carrying a loaded automatic machine gun at Massachusetts Bay Community College. Borchers also wrote and contributed to several other articles while at Northeastern. Although he had a impressive journalism career since graduating from Ithaca College in 2008, Borchers said he found Investigative reporting different, “I’d never worked on a project that took months to report and write and it really gave me an idea of the magnitude of some of the best journalism that is out there – something I’d never been exposed to before.” Read Borchers’s investigative piece while a student at Northeastern.