How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?
With smart phone and tablet technology, more people are accessing the news on their mobile devices than ever before. This offers a new challenge for the industry to make publications accessible and visually appealing for these users. I think the future of newspapers lies in finding a business model that relies on this mobile technology. Because news now spreads so quickly online, there is more of a need for accuracy and fact-checking than ever before. I think readers realize this and are becoming more open to paying for quality digital content. It’s difficult to say exactly how the newspaper will evolve in five years, but I’m optimistic.
Five reasons you love your school:
1. 1. The people. In addition to the great friends I have made at Northwestern, I have the opportunity to constantly meet new classmates when I’m reporting for my school’s newspaper
2. The location. Northwestern has a beautiful campus on Lake Michigan, but is also just a short train ride away from Chicago.
3. The classes. Studying at the Medill School, I’ve had the opportunity to take hands-on reporting classes where I’ve had a lot of freedom to report on topics that are important to me.
4. The Daily Northwestern. From the people to the reporting experiences, there are so many reasons I’m always there.
5. Norbucks. Our campus Starbucks has saved me during some dry lectures and of course during late nights and early mornings in the newsroom.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
It’s tough to pick just one, but there are definitely situations where mind reading would be an asset.
Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
The Colbert Report
What was your first online screen name?
Catzak93. I swear my away messages were more creative.
One of the quirkiest things about you is…
I order basically everything online, from clothes to toothpaste.
What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?
This summer I reported for a project called Homicide Watch at The Chicago Sun-Times that aimed to profile the life of every murder victim living in the city. I never knew what to expect going into an interview, but it was a privilege to share stories that would have otherwise gone untold.
If you had to choose a movie title for your life story (so far), what would it be?
Cat Zakrzewski and the Name Nobody Could Pronounce. It’s a thrilling movie featuring run-ins with substitute teachers and horrific responses to name tags.
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?