Where are you from and what were you doing before enrolling in the Arts Journalism program?
I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but I lived in New York for about five years before swapping coasts. Last year, I was teaching high schoolers in Brooklyn and writing in my spare time.
How did you learn of the program, and why did you choose Annenberg?
I was in the middle of weeks upon weeks of desperate job hunting, and I accidentally came across the ad one day online. I didn’t even know there were journalism programs specifically for the arts. The program had everything I was looking for, including location! Annenberg was my only choice.
What do you enjoy most about the program?
I love the freedom of this program. With Ampersand we really get to pursue the kind of storytelling that we care about, so I enjoy having the opportunity to chase the subjects and stories I’m passionate about. I love the collaborative atmosphere too.
What is your area of emphasis, and how do you intend to apply this to your professional career?
Film and literature are the areas I’m most interested in. I’m a writer, so I don’t dabble too much in audio or video, but I’ve had the opportunity to do so on a few occasions here. Criticism is what I’ve worked on and enjoyed the most in the program, so I’d love to do it professionally.
What excites you most about the direction of the journalism profession?
Considering the events of the past few months, journalism feels more vital than ever. Arts journalism is very much under attack, but there’s a certain vitality in that too. Encouraging the arts and making meaningful contributions to culture and criticism is, in its own way, an act of resistance. I’m excited to see that go even further.