MUCK RACK Q&A

What was your first job as a journalist?

I was a staff intern at the Glens Falls Post-Star and had the opportunity to write stories.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

How is social media changing news?

People are reading less, in depth at least. Social platforms has also flattened “world” storytelling. The medium is open to everyone.

Who’s your favorite fictional journalist?

I don’t read a lot of fiction. I am a non-fiction storyteller. I like long form narrative non-fiction.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Responsibility. Honesty. Truth. As a journalist we owe this to our reader and the people we are writing about.

What’s the funniest news-related #hashtag you’ve seen?

None

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

I don’t. I am always looking and listening for stories in unusual places. A pitch is often a means to an end.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

iPhone 7, SONY PCM-D50 Digital Recorder, Video: SONY Vegas Pro 12, Final Cut Pro X and After Effects (editing)

What’s your favorite social network?

Twitter

Who do you wish followed you?

No one in particular

Why did you become a journalist?

I am curious. I love reading, first. That led me to a love of researching, interviewing and, ultimately, storytelling.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

No, but I worked as a writer, and later an editor, at my college newspaper.

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?

A current project I am reporting about breaking the color barrier in collegiate sports in the deep South. #tease

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Be passionate. Journalism is for people who love people and telling others stories. You must love to read, write, listen and research.

When’s the best time to pitch you?

Never. Don’t pitch me, show me, teach me and, if I learn something, I feel I can use my skills (and your story) to inform others.

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