I realized as president that SPJ needed to address the various subcategories of 'journalist' outside of print/online and investigative journalism. To address this, I invited a previous broadcast journalist [who turned PR]. I figured this would also draw in larger communications majors to our Chapter.
In a changing media landscape, Derek Wing showed us that newsroom representation and diversity is more important than ever, especially in broadcast.
Wing shared experiences from his time as a young journalist reporting in Baghdad, to hosting his own show, and making the transition into Public Relations when he decided to start a family. He made one thing clear: there is an adrenaline rush like no other finding, writing, and reporting a story in less than two hours. It’s something for which you will not regret putting in the hard work. Still, Wing found the work less fun as he got older and wanted to settle down, but his effective communication skills from his journalism career translated well into the PR work he does now.
The following is my takeaways attending the event:
If nothing else, Derek opened my eyes to having a little bit more respect for broadcast journalism. I’ve always been one to really hate that type of news, what with those in charge of it/owning it, the short amount of time to tell a story, the stories that shouldn’t really be stories, representation issues, etc.
Kelsey Hamlin is finishing up her last year at the UW. Though her time is typically spent telling others' stories, here's a chance to get a peek at hers.