Journalism has changed drastically since the development of online media, but traditional jobs in print journalism are still available for those with just the right mix of experience and connections.
Just ask Alisha George ’10.
Before taking over as editor-in-chief of The Elm student newspaper her senior year, Alisha had a summer internship with her hometown paper, the Carroll County Times. After graduation, she was able to land a part-time job as a Times correspondent there before filling a full-time position with the same newspaper.
“The College made that internship possible,” Alisha says. “And the internship definitely helped me get the part-time job.”
During her internship, Alisha covered everything from first-year teachers and student loans for a back-to-school feature, to the local impact of the General Motors bankruptcy, to the life of a teen tragically killed by a drunk driver.
Her internship helped Alisha get her foot in the door. When the Carroll County Times had an opening for a full-time health and human services reporter, her former boss contacted her and helped her get an interview.
“After the interview, the city editor offered me a part-time correspondent position, and a couple weeks later, I got the full-time job,” Alisha says.
She’s worked her way up to full-time reporter at the Times the same way she progressed through the ranks of The Elm, where she started as a staff writer before being promoted first to a section editor and then editor-in-chief.
“Being editor-in-chief was such a big part of my life in college,” Alisha says. “Fulfilling those duties taught me management skills and helped me become a better communicator.”
A political science major, Alisha was involved with College Democrats and Amnesty International, but now has her sights set on a career in journalism.
“One of the great things about Washington College is that you can branch outside your major to explore any area of interest,” she says.
“I’d like to pursue journalism further and see where it takes me. I would ultimately love to travel around the world as a journalist, but who knows!”
Q & A
Hometown and high school? Westminster, MD; Winters Mills High School
Favorite class? Human Rights and Social Justice because in addition to how it was an eye opening and engaging class for me, everyone in the class organized a human rights awareness campaign for campus with help from the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs. Three others and myself organized “WAC Fast ’09” to bring global hunger crisis awareness to campus and we raised over $1,200 for Heifer International.
Recommended professor? Dr. Wade because she teaches Human Rights and Social Justice, as well as many other amazing classes like Peace Processes and Revolution, Violence and Terrorism just to name a few! You will work hard, learn so much and be extremely inspired.
Most memorable experience as a first-year student? The Humor and Satire Festival “What News is ‘Fake’ News?” panel with three different news sources. Joe Garden from The Onion was hilarious and it was interesting comparing different ways we learn about the news, be it humorously or seriously
If you could be a condiment, which one would you be and why? Ketchup, because who doesn’t like ketchup? Am I right?
If you had a superpower, what would it be and why? I would love to read people’s minds so I could learn everyone’s true personality. I know it may be dangerous, but I already mostly spend my time with people who speak their minds because I find it very sincere.
- Major: Political Science
- Minor: English
- Peer Mentor
- Editor-in-Chief: The Elm
- Secretary: College Democrats
- Website Photographer: College Relations
- Circulation Desk Assistant: Miller Library
- Editor: Washington College Review
- 2009 Senatorial Colloquy