About

My name is Kari Williams. I’m a recent college grad trying to navigate my way through this crazy, awesome, totally wonderful thing called ‘journalism.’ I love music, pro wrestling, yardsales and, obviously, journalism.

I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Dec. 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications — print and electronic journalism. My minor was speech communications. I worked for the Alestle, SIUE’s student newspaper, as a reporter, opinion editor and editor in chief.

I am a former intern/current music writer for InsideSTL.com and a reporter for a community newspaper in St. Louis, Mo. Some day in the extremely distant future, I’d love to create a magazine for a niche market that shall not be named until the magazine is more than an idea in my head.

Any views expressed in this blog are solely mine and do not reflect the views of my employer(s).

Feel free to follow me on Twitter, ‘like’ my Facebook page or shoot me an email at williams.kari09@gmail.com. I’m always open to feedback and networking opportunities.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. hey, my name’s Alex. I want to become a journalist. I am 16 years old, still in high school. I live in Ukraine. But my main goal is to get education in the US. But… in short on Monday I’m having my first working-practice day in local newspaper. I’m excited and thrilled))) I have never done anything like this. Do you have any sort of advice?) I’m confident in myself, but I still worry for example if I have enough talent or if people can think that my work is something stupid and childish))

  2. Hi, Alex. My advice will probably be a little different depending on if you’re actually going to be working, or if you’re just observing. If you’re working, do as much research as you can before making phone calls for interviews. The more prepared you are, the easier the interview(s) will be. Also, if you’re not too familiar with the paper or what it covers, go through some online archives so you have an idea of what to expect. And don’t be afraid to ask the editors and other reporters for help.
    If you’re just observing, definitely take a lot of notes — about what you’re told, what you see, how people conduct themselves during interviews, etc. If you have any clips from your high school paper (or things you’ve written on your own time), put together a little portfolio and if there’s time, try to ask for advice or feedback on your work. Hope that helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me an email — williams.kari09@gmail.com

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