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As an 8-year-old, Jason Rosenbaum’s days were spent intently watching Clinton’s election and inauguration. Now, Rosenbaum is living out his childhood dream as a state government reporter. But there might be one chink in his journalistic armor: He’s not as experienced as his other colleagues working at the state capital. “It’s me and a whole bunch of people who are 40, 50, 60 years old,” he says.
Rosenbaum has brought something unusual to his work — a blog. When he started working as the state government reporter at the Columbia Daily Tribune in July 2006, he instituted the CDT Politics Blog on the newspaper Web site. He updates the blog three or four times a day, adds multimedia content and allows readers to comment on the his blog entries.
Phill Brooks, an associate professor of journalism at MU who has covered events in the capital for almost four decades, says Rosenbaum’s blog really sets him apart. “The blog is something that few of us in the press corps do,” Brooks says.
The blog features a mix of straight political news and sometimes a more humorous version of current events. He even joked about local politics on his blog before being interviewed on the Whad’ya Know? show on National Public Radio last April.
Before he graduated from MU in May of 2006, Rosenbaum wrote for The Maneater and the Columbia Missourian and had a stint as a general assignment reporter for the Tribune. Now a full-time employee, he is honored to work for the paper that has treated him so well. He takes his responsibility seriously and says it is important for Missourians to know where their officials stand on current issues.
Last spring during the controversial MOHELA filibuster, he covered events at the Capitol for almost 12 hours, working throughout the night to make sure his blog was updated frequently. The experience was exhausting and all in the name of bringing the best possible coverage to Columbians.