Intern Diaries: From Journalism to PR

I wish I was one of those people that could say I’ve known what I wanted to do since the day I was born or had some inspirational story to share about how I found my passion for PR, but I think it’s more of a funny coincidence than anything.

I grew up in a suburban area about an hour from Los Angeles and while attending Junior College there they told me I had to pick a major and me - having no idea what I wanted to do with my life – just went with something “easy” which was writing, or technically journalism. I figured I’d been writing since like 1st grade so how hard could it really be? Well let me tell you, there is way more to journalism than just writing, but by the time I realized that I had already taken multiple classes towards that degree and I’m the type of stubborn person who sticks to their guns.

Anyway, fast forward to my last two years of college at Long Island University and I got considerably good at writing. I worked on our college newspaper, Seawanhaka, as both Managing Editor and Arts & Entertainment Editor where I would write about new trends, events happening around campus, artists and actors, as well as manage the work of the other editors and brainstorm news stories. I had developed substantial skills in writing but lacked passion for the trade. It led to perpetually questioning as to why I was going in debt for a degree that I wasn’t even passionate about.

It wasn’t until my required Introduction to PR class that I was told about the other options my future could hold. I remember thinking, “Wait a second! You’re telling me I don’t have to just write articles for the rest of my life? Why did no one tell me this a year ago?”. That class changed everything and pointed me in the direction I needed to go. I learned about the differences between PR and journalism and found that my creative edge and storytelling fit more comfortably in PR and that the job would allow me to perform multiple different aspects while also integrating writing.

Everything after that epiphany became simple. I had the opportunity to intern at The Brandman PR Agency while still in New York, which even furthered my ongoing love for the field, and after eventually graduating I found myself lucky enough to come across an internship opportunity for Mediafy Communications where I overall hope to gain a solid skillset that will lead to successful and fulfilling career.

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