Jun 04 2014
I was working as an editor at my campus paper when a former editor-in-chief (who had previously edited my work) came into the office to share a tip. While describing the potential story to me, she suggested that a young, pretty reporter would win over some of the male sources who might have been involved.
She then proceeded to call over one of the female science editors, jokingly asking her to use her looks to get to the bottom of the story. Uncomfortable but playing along, I said my personality might be a little too serious. She then gave me a withering look. “You’re a little too intense,” she said, the to be a journalist clearly implied.
I went on to do investigative reporting. She’s working in arts, culture and entertainment commentary this summer.