When The Orange County Register changed ownership in the spring of 2016 and I was laid off, I felt like I might not stay in journalism. It was my first job out of college, reporting is hard to break into, and I was lucky I lived at home and could even afford my student loans, bills, the usual on the salary of an entry-level staff writer.
I applied and applied, and on the same day that I got a job offer to do public relations for a DC-area museum I got the offer for the New Republic’s editorial internship. I decided to take the leap, pass up what would have been a more stable income, and move to DC on two weeks notice with no place to live.
I moved into the spare room of a former journalism professor, who had just moved to DC after she got a job at Georgetown. Two weeks later I moved in with some strangers I met online.
New Republic was eye-opening. Its writers and editors are sharp and thoughtful and have a pulse on things I didn’t even know existed when I arrived.
I spent a lot of time helping copy-edit, pitching blog posts and longer stories, formatting and inserting print copy for web, and helping with email newsletters.
At the New Republic, I worked my first presidential debate, learned to write editorial, and got my first taste of DC political journalism. I didn’t spend the amount of time I planned at the publication because I moved to The Hill, but it was a great experience and I sometimes wonder what else I could have learned if I stayed a bit longer.
Here are some/most of the pieces I wrote at The New Republic (which I remind you is a magazine that expresses opinion)
The North Dakota Access Pipeline is about to become a big issue.