M-School title: Editorial Intern, MoneySense
Post-secondary institution: Humber College
Program of study: Bachelor of Journalism
Rogers M-School provided me with the full journalism experience—from pitching story ideas, to researching and talking to experts, to seeing my stories come to life both in print and online. Working every day as a writer meant that everything I was taught in school became a reality. What I’ve learned? The cliché is true: you only get out of something as much work as you put into it. At MoneySense, I quickly learned that personal finance is complicated—far more than most people realize. But that’s where it gets good. There’s so much to learn, and people rely on you to teach it to them.
What were your primary tasks?
Taking the news of the day that might be glossed over by other news outlets and cracking it open, searching for what really matters to everyday readers, and writing an in-depth article on the subject so the reader walks away from it feeling enlightened.
Describe one day in the workplace.
In the morning I’d rummage through the day’s news like a raccoon in the trash bins of Toronto. I’d pluck relevant personal finance ideas from all of the information and pitch a few to the editors in the morning meeting. Then I’d research the story until I knew all about it, contact sources to comment, confirm and explain, and write it all up. The resulting piece would get thrown back and forth with changes between my editor and I until a glorious article was produced, which was then published on the website. Ta-da!
What is your dream job?
Feature writer at The New Yorker or, um, a novelist? Something to do with words.
Your best work at M-School:
That time I wrote about cybersecurity in personal finance. What can you do if a hacker owns your computer? Spoiler alert: Not much.
What to do if hackers hold your computer for ransom
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