Knox alumna Mrinalini Chakraborty '12, national field coordinator for the Women’s March, was recently intervi...
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Reporter, The Lewiston Tribune
Major in Creative Writing
How have your experiences at Knox benefited you as a journalist?
I started writing for The Knox Student (TKS) at the beginning of sophomore year, having never written any journalistic story before. I love writing, and I've been writing my whole life, so it's not that that was new or scary to me. What was really challenging was approaching complete strangers, people I'd never seen before, and asking to talk to them. That can still be a little nerve-wracking at times. But TKS was very much a baptism by fire for journalistic writing, and I learned more than I ever could have expected to learn in my first year.
I feel like my interviewing skills have improved drastically. I'm no longer that kid with a list of questions to just recite to this person sitting across from me at a table in the Gizmo. I've learned that good interviewing really comes from being curious, and if you're writing about something interesting, of course you'll be curious.
How did your internship with the St. Louis Beacon influence your career?
In the field of journalism especially, internships are incredibly important. I went to a conference with TKS last year in which one of the speakers noted that internships are the way to get your foot in the door, and I think that's definitely what happened with me.
Journalism is changing, which is something I really like about it. Some people may say that it's dying, but really, I think that the move to the web is inevitable. The Internet is so easily accessible that it just makes sense for journalism to be where people are. More and more, I think people would rather get their news online rather than in print.
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