Cassidy Taylor ’17 (East Lyme, Conn.) came to Lafayette ready to major in international affairs because of her love of language and traveling. However, she decided instead to declare a double major in English and film & media studies.
“This is much more suited for me because I have a true passion for writing and studying the media,” says Taylor, who is also a midfielder on the women’s soccer team. “I have wanted to be a journalist for a very long time. Even with my previous major, I had the idea of being an international journalist.”
Taylor and Adam Valavanis ’17 (Glenwood, Md.) got a firsthand look at the journalism field during a four-day job-shadowing externship with Jeanne Straus P’13, president of Straus News in Chester, N.Y.
“I now have a bit of exposure to the journalistic world, and this will help me pursue this dream of mine,” says Taylor.
Straus introduced the students to the basics of a news room, from the gathering of story ideas to editorial meetings, reporting, photography, and publishing. She also gave them a look at the business side of Straus News, which publishes 14 local weekly newspapers and associated websites in towns in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
“I like to encourage Lafayette students to learn to sell,” says Straus. “Regardless of the industry you want to go into, you need to know how to sell yourself, network, and understand the business side. For students who want to be journalists, write and find yourself a talented editor/teacher to coach you.”