Over the past year, I have been working as a Communications Coordinator at Network Building + Consulting, a wireless consulting firm. In my position, I am constantly working on multiple projects at time— a pace I thrive in. I handle all internal and external communications for the whole company, work with company experts to compose thought-leading white papers, coordinate with our marketing team to exemplify our brand, engage followers on NB+C’s social media accounts and assist our Talent Acquisition Manager in finding the best talent to help NB+C grow.
Before working with NB+C, I worked at the Bay Weekly—a weekly newspaper that covers Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel counties’ local and environmental news. I polished my writing skills and learned to make the most out of each word. I learned how to not just interview a source, but to have a genuine conversation to get the most information from them.
While in college, I found my love for communications and writing, but it was completely by accident.
During my second semester at Anne Arundel Community College, I found out that the school newspaper was having their first meeting of the semester. I knew I wanted to do something in the communications field, like advertising or graphic design, so I went to the meeting. But when I got there, I soon found that all of those positions were filled and all that remained were reporting positions. I had a little experience writing on my high school yearbook staff but I stuck it out; I have never been a quitter.
While reporting on stories I fell in love with the craft. I realized that the hustle of reporting was just what a fast-paced girl like me needed. I love reporting and hustling to get the information. I’m my best when I’m running a mile a minute. Writing the content is just as important as the information gathered. If I learn about something earth-shattering, but write it as a boring story, a reader isn’t going to read it. Then what’s the point? I make sure every story I write is interesting to make sure the reader feels like they got something out of it.
Multimedia is a great way to add layers and depth to a story. Adding photographs, sounds and interactive graphics make it even the more interesting for the reader. If the reader can get all the information in an interesting way, he or she will always come back– which is important in a time of Google. I can take interesting photos to go with stories and can create multimedia to go with stories. Look when I rode in the Memphis Belle to see what I can do from an iPhone.
My experience as a Journalist have given me the skills to thrive in a corporate communications setting. My interview and writing ability are vital skills that I still use every day in my communications role.