When people ask me why I want to be a journalist, I often wonder how to answer.
I’d like to answer the noble way by saying that it’s just the right thing to do. Journalism strengthens democracy, gives voice to the voiceless and roots out corruption. My professors say journalism represents the core around which a free society revolves. It is the ultimate public service.
But in all honesty, I’m a journalist because of logistics. (I’m not all that good at anything else).
Ever since my childhood, I’ve loved stories – listening to them, reading them and telling them. Being a reporter gives me access to people and places that I’d otherwise never know or see.
As an editor at Syracuse University’s independent, student-run Daily Orange, I maintained the Pan Am Flight 103 beat and oversaw coverage of the Lockerbie Trial. The Daily Orange allowed me for the first time to touch another person’s life with my pen. There, I wrote about amazing people and events. I even got to travel last spring to Quebec City to write about the protests against the Summit of Americas.
This March I’m going to Lockerbie, Scotland to contribute to a travel book about the town to be published by Syracuse University Press. This semester, I’m thrilled to be working in Washington, D.C. I can’t wait to see where the stories take me.
(Magin McKenna is a junior newspaper major at Syracuse University. She is originally from Baltimore, Md., and has interned for The Syracuse Newspapers, SunSpot.net (the online publication of the Baltimore Sun) and The Baltimore Jewish Times.