How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?
Newspapers will continue moving online and, if they don’t already, begin to realize their websites can’t just be a depository for content run in the print paper. Instead, websites have to be visually appealing and interactive, too, to most captivate readers. I think we’ll see the newspapers that are most quickly adapting to changes in the industry demonstrating they understand this — seeking out top web developers, hiring graphic designers, redesigning their websites, and ramping up their presence on social media. It’s also no longer a one-way conversation. A lot of newspapers have begun encouraging readers to write or tweet in with their thoughts about a particular story, even creating online-only posts that are exclusively based off of readers’ tweets. I think that’s something that will also become increasingly common in the next five years.
Five reasons you love your school:
1. Ithaca is gorges (sorry, couldn’t help it). It’s amazing how it’s considered normal to walk over ravines on your way to class. Even in the thick of winter, when you don’t see sunlight for a couple of months, you can still appreciate how beautiful it is here.
2. The diversity. Cornellians run the spectrum, pursuing goals from the conventional (becoming an investment banker, attending graduate school) to the atypical (working on a farm, managing a restaurant). We have particle accelerators on one corner of campus and cows on the next.
3. The Cornell Daily Sun. I’m biased, but I think we’re so lucky to have an independently run student newspaper like The Sun at a university that does not have a formal journalism program. I would not have discovered my passion for reporting and writing without The Sun.
4. The Cornell Dairy Bar. How many schools can say they make their own ice cream?
5. The work-hard, play-hard mentality. I’m constantly put to shame by how hard many of my friends here work — pulling all-nighters in their research labs, checking out dozens of books for their thesis, or, of course, running around campus and the City of Ithaca reporting for The Sun.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
The power to know what someone is really thinking (the ultimate journalist super power).
Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Elise Foley, a politics and immigration reporter for the Huffington Post. I think she’s hysterical!
What was your first online screen name?
bigchocoholic_99. Embarrassingly, that remained my screen name and email until I started high school.
One of the quirkiest things about you is…
Nothing — and I mean nothing — scares me more than butterflies.
What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?
I once shadowed a bus driver working for Ithaca and Cornell’s transit system and wrote a profile about him. After having ridden on the local buses numerous times without having said anything more than “Hello,” “Thank you,” and “Have a good day” to the drivers, it was eye-opening getting to know just one of the many Ithacans who Cornellians depend on every day.
If you had to choose a movie title for your life story (so far), what would it be?
…I honestly don’t know.
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
Like many other five-year-olds, a ballerina. My clumsiness soon killed that dream.