Degree(s): BJ '04
What do you do?
I’m a community producer for TribLocal.com, the Chicago Tribune’s hyperlocal news site. I manage six suburban towns, helping publish stories from Tribune staffers and recruit citizen contributors who are interested in sharing news from their towns. Social media is a big part of my week, as is aggregating stories from around the Web onto TribLocal.com sites. I write stories and take photos when my weekly responsibilities allow.
How did you get your job?
I heard about the job on MizzouMafia, applied and stayed persistent for a couple of months, then got the gig.
What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School?
Professors would say that you will learn more your first year on the job than in your entire J-School education. So true.
What advice do you have for current students?
It takes a few years to develop an accurate picture of your self-worth to an organization. Don’t aim too high too early, or you will make yourself miserable. After you have a good idea of your value to your company, stick to your guns when it comes to new assignments and promotions.
Updated: November 10, 2011