By Molly Devaney, Media Relations Specialist
A Greek philosopher once said that change is the only constant in life. Talk about true!
As a shy and quiet middle school student, I finally broke out of my shell the minute I joined my high school television station and my teacher inspired my future career path – journalism. As you may know, journalists have many characteristics… none of which include quiet or shy. I learned those truths quickly by lugging a heavy camera through the crowded hallways of Gahanna Lincoln High School and got up the nerve to grill students and staff about hard hitting stuff, like cafeteria dining woes and detention horror stories. Regardless, I fell in love with journalism and that passion took me to Kent State University.
During my time as a Golden Flash, I chipped away at that shell once again, joining student media. Through TV2, I had the chance to explore dozens of opportunities. I tried my hand at everything - from interviewing the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan to producing a special newscast on President Obama’s visit to KSU. My urge to learn eventually landed me in Brazil, where I had the chance of a lifetime. I spent two weeks working with student translators at PUCPR to report on the country’s rich religion and unique traditions. I came for the journalistic experience, but I stayed for the muito gustoso pastel.
The moment after I graduated from Kent State University, I packed up and moved to Buffalo, New York to produce my very first newscast. Nerves came over me the minute I received the offer. I had to leave my family and friends but knew that this marked the first transition in a career I had yearned for for years - from the first time I picked up a camera to the moment I stacked a show. When I wasn’t in the control room, I would frequently devour vegetable pizza and dance my stress away in Zumba class after Zumba class.
Six months later and more major breaking news rocked my world. The local station I interned with in Columbus had offered me a job. No questions asked, I had to accept. I quickly felt the pressure of making the jump to a bigger market, but my incredible morning team kept me going. Not only did we share long, overnight hours together, but we shared infectious laughter while our tired eyes winced at blurred computer screens. The graveyard shift, once again, brought change to my life. I learned the power of a strong cup of coffee, leadership skills and a competitive nature. I worked there for three years before I decided I wanted to explore a new adventure.
I found myself at the doorstep of MediaSource, aware of its reputation in the industry. I’m excited to learn the ropes and make brand journalism my new calling. I’m wholeheartedly embracing this change.
I already feel right at home.