Chuck Woodling

Retired at Lawrence Journal-World

Degree(s): BJ '63

Whereabouts: United States, Lawrence, Kansas

What do you do?
I’m retired after spending more than 46 years as a newspaperman, mostly as a sports writer. I was sports editor of the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World for 37 years.

How did you get your job?
I landed my first job by answering an ad in the Kansas City Star for a general assignment reporter at the Hutchinson (Kan.) News.

What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School?
That if you passed the copy editing course, you could work for any newspaper in the country.

What advice do you have for current students?
Write, write and write some more. The world may not need newspapers anymore, but it still needs writers.

What is your favorite J-School memory?
Working the Saturday night reporting shift and be assigned by Phil Norman to go to the train station and see if anyone important was coming to town.

Any parting comments?
I have lived in Lawrence for more than four decades and people still look at me askance when they learn I’m an MU graduate.

Updated: November 15, 2011