Co-Chair NABJ SEED (Student
Education Enrichment & Development) Committee, Member NABJ Communications
Committee, Member NABJ Convention Programming Committee, former NABJ Student
Currently I am a News Associate
at NBC News in New York
where I’ve been since August 2010. Prior to joining NBC I began my career at
WJZ-TV, the CBS owned and operated station in my hometown of Baltimore, MD.
At WJZ I first completed the CBS Television Stations Group broadcast apprentice
program. I was also a news writer, a substitute assignment editor and a
substitute web producer. My experience isn’t just limited to traditional media
I was also a blogger for BtheSite.com, the companion of B, Free Daily, which is
owned by Tribune. I earned my bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University Maryland.
While attending Loyola I interned at WBFF-TV in Baltimore,
WEIU-TV in Charleston, IL, was news director at my college radio
station WLOY-AM, and a writer for my college newspaper TheGreyhound.
How has NABJ benefitted you
I joined NABJ right after I
graduated from high school and have maintained my membership ever since. I have
also made the transition from student member to full-time professional member.
NABJ has provided me with mentors who have helped to guide me as I began my
career as a professional journalist. As many doors as NABJ has opened for me,
this organization has also told me "no” when perhaps I needed to be told "no”
or wasn’t ready for certain opportunities. Still the relationships that I’ve
built over time are what inspire me and lead me to remain committed to growing
as a professional, and as a person.
NABJ isn’t just an organization
of people who simply share a vocation or are like-minded. NABJ is an
organization of talented people committed to excelling at their craft, committed to
ensuring that journalism and true storytelling has a future, and committed to
giving a new generation of journalists the opportunity to tell stories in
creative and innovative ways. The chance to be an NABJ leader whether on the
board or in other volunteer capacities has also allowed me to show potential
employers that I am committed to being a leader in our industry. Being a
thinker and a doer on behalf of NABJ has not been a bad thing.
What advice do you have for aspiring young journalists?
I’d advice someone who truly wanted to get into
communications and media to not just study our craft, but to study the
industry. You need to know how the business is changing, where the business is
growing, and how you should evolve as a professional.
I would also advice young journalists to get mentors of
various experience levels. I have mentors who are older than me, I have
trustworthy and reliable peers my own age who I rely on, and I call upon some
people who are younger than me to stay current, well-versed, and connected to
what’s happening out there.
I’ll say don’t let "no’s” deter you but inspire you. I’ve
been told "no” as many times as I’ve been told yes. Yes, I’ve been discouraged
but I’ve always been reassured by those who saw not just my talent, but my
desire, to work hard for the opportunities that I wanted. We aren’t given much
aside from opportunity, but it’s up to the individual to make their own way and
execute their plan.
Lastly, have a master plan, a plan to get there, and a
backup plan, but be flexible cause things happen and life changes.