In more than two years as a multimedia reporter for the Long Island Press, an alternative newspaper on Long Island, I’ve covered everything from local politics and crime to human interest stories and natural disasters.
During that time, I’ve produced award-winning videos and feature stories that have been recognized by local and state media groups. I was also recognized by the Press Club of Long Island as the 2012 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year.
I got my start at the Long Island Press as an intern while studying print journalism at Hofstra University. I was lucky enough to learn from veteran professors with a passion for multimedia. But at the Long Island Press is where I was able to implement these techniques—producing dozens of videos, including mini-documentaries about Occupy Wall Street and a toxic plume contaminating Long Island water supplies. The plume feature and a video documenting Superstorm Sandy’s destruction, recently won first and second place in the Best Video category at the New York Press Association Awards in April 2013.
I’ve also grown as a writer during that time. I had the pleasure to write two in-depth cover stories at the Press, a feature about counterfeit money on Long Island and a story about Muslim Americans in the area.
I’m also tasked with writing daily stories for the web and producing features for the monthly issue of the Press.
I constantly hear from outsiders that journalism is dying, that maybe you shouldn’t go into the newspaper industry, that you can make more money elsewhere. But us journalists, we are working at such an interesting time, where digital media has become an important aspect of our lives. Why are people on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr while on the train or in the local coffee shop? Because they’re always looking for news.
We shouldn’t dread the future of journalism. People will always want news. And we should be there for them.