Looking Ahead: Career Plans

The reason I paired sustainability with my journalism major was so that I could ideally report on sustainable-related issues, but it took me a while before I realized that my career as a journalist is sustainable in itself, and that I could apply the knowledge that I've learned to how I talk to sources and how I write stories.

Over the past year I've grown to love local reporting. I used to dream of working for larger publications like the New York Times-and don't get me wrong, I still do- but I never realised how important local reporting is for building community among smaller towns. Of course there's always the opportunity to report on issues like how that town is building coastal resilence, or how is one specific minority community vulnerable to envrionmental racism, but first and foremost, the focus should be informing those smaller communities so they feel like they have a voice to influence change. 

So, as of right now, that is the direction I'm moving towards. I plan to use skills like collaboration and boundary spanning when reporting, but in orfer to make real change within a community, I need to start locally and empower the voices within that local body. I would be lying if I said I had my whole career path figured out, because I really don't. However, the sustainability dual major has influenced the types of reporting jobs that I'm looking for (like non-profits and such) and how I interact with folks in my community and how I communicate information to them.

Further down the road, I hope to report for non-profit publications like the ones I've attached below. They do solid, honest work and strive to cover under-reported areas and under-reported topics that fall under sustainability.

https://thegroundtruthproject.org/

https://www.propublica.org/