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JOURNALIST, IN-DEPTH: I Get To Satisfy My Curiosity

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Alexis, a magazine senior editor, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that his favorite part of his job is that he gets to satisfy his curiosity because he is constantly learning and writing about new things for his job.

Degree: English Literature
Job Title: Senior Editor
Employer: Atlantic Magazine

Job Summary: Digital Journalist

Job Description

Digital journalist is a new breed of reporter who focuses on creating interactive news stories and blogs with videos, photos and animations.

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Moderate-term on-the-job training

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$30,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
1 to 8 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Irregular, Flexible, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Home, Indoor, Office, Travel, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Artistic, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Networking, People skills, Public speaking ability

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Bachelor's degree
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m='9140'>learning.</span> <span m='9980'>And</span> <span m='10140'>if</span> <span m='10210'>you're</span> <span m='10350'>someone</span> <span m='10650'>who</span> <span m='10760'>likes</span> <span m='11190'>to</span> <span m='11290'>just</span> <span m='11610'>know</span> <span m='12070'>about</span> <span m='12540'>everything</span> <span m='13280'>in</span> <span m='13350'>the</span> <span m='13430'>world--</span> <span m='13900'>and I'm</span> <span m='14360'>that</span> <span m='14590'>kind</span> <span m='14750'>of</span> <span m='14820'>person--</span> <span m='15260'>and how</span> <span m='15680'>it</span> <span m='15780'>actually</span> <span m='16129'>works,</span> <span m='16890'>then</span> <span m='16990'>it's</span> <span m='17140'>just</span> <span m='17310'>a</span> <span m='17350'>great</span> <span m='17580'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='18170'>I mean</span> <span m='18250'>you</span> <span m='18440'>spend</span> <span m='18740'>every</span> <span m='19180'>single</span> <span m='19570'>day</span> <span m='19870'>learning</span> <span m='20220'>new</span> <span m='20360'>stuff.</span> <span m='21130'>You</span> <span m='21450'>want</span> <span m='21610'>to</span> <span m='21660'>know</span> <span m='21920'>how</span> <span m='22070'>the</span> <span m='22160'>power</span> <span m='22510'>grid</span> <span m='22720'>works.</span> <span m='23050'>How</span> <span m='23160'>you</span> <span m='23340'>get</span> <span m='23720'>power from</span> <span m='24260'>big</span> <span m='24680'>plant</span> <span m='25140'>to</span> <span m='25280'>a</span> <span m='25635'>light bulb?</span> <span m='26230'>You get</span> <span m='26420'>to</span> <span m='26540'>learn</span> <span m='26700'>about</span> <span m='26920'>that.</span> <span m='27160'>You</span> <span m='27240'>want</span> <span m='27350'>to</span> <span m='27400'>know</span> <span m='28220'>how does a</span> <span m='28470'>cellular</span> <span m='28720'>phone work.</span> <span m='29310'>How</span> <span m='29630'>do</span> <span m='29680'>the</span> <span m='29770'>different</span> <span m='30090'>towers</span> <span m='31730'>keep</span> <span m='32030'>handing</span> <span m='32330'>you</span> <span m='32450'>off</span> <span m='32800'>as</span> <span m='32970'>you're</span> <span m='33110'>sort</span> <span m='33260'>of</span> <span m='33340'>driving</span> <span m='33750'>around</span> <span m='34150'>and</span> <span m='34730'>moving</span> <span m='35170'>from</span> <span m='35570'>the</span> <span m='35780'>range</span> <span m='36050'>of</span> <span m='36140'>one</span> <span m='36370'>to</span> <span m='36450'>the</span> <span m='36550'>range</span> <span m='36770'>of</span> <span m='36840'>another?</span> </p><p><span m='37350'>Like</span> <span m='37590'>all</span> <span m='37890'>of</span> <span m='37980'>these</span> <span m='38210'>things</span> <span m='38490'>are</span> <span m='38580'>things</span> <span m='38850'>that</span> <span m='38970'>we</span> <span m='39390'>get</span> <span m='39600'>to</span> <span m='39720'>learn</span> <span m='39930'>about</span> <span m='40730'>when</span> <span m='40840'>you're a</span> <span m='40970'>journalist.</span> <span m='41880'>And</span> <span m='42060'>I</span> <span m='42130'>think</span> <span m='42830'>it's just</span> <span m='43170'>a</span> <span m='43280'>job</span> <span m='43890'>that's</span> <span m='44130'>perfect for</span> <span m='44600'>someone</span> <span m='44990'>who's</span> <span m='45380'>insatiable</span> <span m='45880'>curious.</span> </p><p><span m='47120'>I think what's the</span> <span m='47290'>most</span> <span m='47470'>challenging</span> <span m='48120'>about</span> <span m='48420'>my</span> <span m='48540'>job</span> <span m='48870'>is</span> <span m='48970'>that</span> <span m='49060'>it's</span> <span m='49190'>just</span> <span m='49370'>always--</span> <span m='50000'>when</span> <span m='50580'>you're</span> <span m='50740'>on</span> <span m='51240'>you're</span> <span m='51420'>like</span> <span m='51630'>really</span> <span m='51960'>on.</span> <span m='52210'>So</span> <span m='52410'>you're</span> <span m='52700'>really</span> <span m='53530'>jacked into</span> <span m='53960'>the</span> <span m='54110'>computer</span> <span m='54640'>and</span> <span m='54950'>spend</span> <span m='55930'>eight, nine, 10</span> <span m='56650'>hours</span> <span m='57450'>just</span> <span m='57630'>completely</span> <span m='59410'>invested</span> <span m='59920'>in</span> <span m='60040'>what</span> <span m='60190'>you're</span> <span m='60280'>doing.</span> <span m='60740'>You have to remained</span> <span m='61460'>focused.</span> <span m='62190'>There's</span> <span m='62460'>lots</span> <span m='62690'>of</span> <span m='62760'>distractions.</span> <span m='63075'>There's</span> <span m='63390'>lots</span> <span m='63530'>of</span> <span m='63730'>prioritization</span> <span m='64190'>that</span> <span m='64650'>needs</span> <span m='64849'>to</span> <span m='64940'>happen.</span> </p><p><span m='65880'>And</span> <span m='66050'>it's</span> <span m='66180'>all</span> <span m='66350'>very</span> <span m='66580'>like</span> <span m='66770'>real</span> <span m='66960'>time.</span> <span m='67430'>Sometimes</span> <span m='67910'>I</span> <span m='68340'>say</span> <span m='68600'>to people</span> <span m='68720'>I</span> <span m='68920'>feel</span> <span m='69000'>like,</span> <span m='69290'>at</span> <span m='69480'>the</span> <span m='69580'>end</span> <span m='69680'>of</span> <span m='69720'>a</span> <span m='69790'>day,</span> <span m='70055'>I've been</span> <span m='70320'>like</span> <span m='70480'>a</span> <span m='70540'>stock</span> <span m='70830'>trader.</span> <span m='71780'>I've</span> <span m='71850'>just</span> <span m='72110'>been</span> <span m='72690'>so</span> <span m='72950'>fully</span> <span m='73300'>plugged-in.</span> </p><p><span m='74870'>But</span> <span m='74890'>the</span> <span m='75030'>great</span> <span m='75270'>thing</span> <span m='75430'>is</span> <span m='75920'>I</span> <span m='76350'>tend</span> <span m='76630'>to,</span> <span m='76980'>just</span> <span m='77260'>as</span> <span m='77410'>a</span> <span m='77490'>work-life</span> <span m='77900'>balance</span> <span m='78240'>thing--</span> <span m='78500'>and I have a</span> <span m='78770'>new</span> <span m='79040'>son--</span> <span m='79470'>I</span> <span m='79590'>actually</span> <span m='79870'>just</span> <span m='80060'>unplug.</span> <span m='80600'>I</span> <span m='80680'>say,</span> <span m='81040'>OK.</span> <span m='81850'>Now</span> <span m='82040'>we're</span> <span m='82160'>going</span> <span m='82250'>to</span> <span m='82530'>make</span> <span m='82760'>dinner,</span> <span m='83080'>we're going</span> <span m='83420'>to go the</span> <span m='83550'>farmer's</span> <span m='83910'>market,</span> <span m='84260'>we're</span> <span m='84610'>going to</span> <span m='84950'>go--</span> <span m='85170'>I'm</span> <span m='85180'>going</span> <span m='85260'>to</span> <span m='85300'>go</span> <span m='85410'>for</span> <span m='85570'>a run.</span> <span m='85840'>I'm going to do</span> <span m='86150'>something</span> <span m='86580'>aside</span> <span m='86720'>from</span> <span m='87100'>stare</span> <span m='87240'>at</span> <span m='87310'>the</span> <span m='87390'>computer.</span> </p><p><span m='88190'>I</span> <span m='88320'>think</span> <span m='88490'>the</span> <span m='88640'>key</span> <span m='88890'>decision</span> <span m='89280'>was</span> <span m='89440'>just</span> <span m='89570'>committing</span> <span m='90080'>to</span> <span m='91140'>the</span> <span m='91270'>career.</span> <span m='91750'>I</span> <span m='91900'>think</span> <span m='92380'>when</span> <span m='92550'>I</span> <span m='92620'>talk</span> <span m='92890'>to</span> <span m='93290'>young</span> <span m='93560'>would</span> <span m='93710'>be</span> <span m='93830'>journalists</span> <span m='94360'>I</span> <span m='94430'>say,</span> <span m='94760'>if</span> <span m='95250'>you</span> <span m='95390'>want</span> <span m='95570'>to</span> <span m='95860'>go</span> <span m='96370'>make</span> <span m='96670'>money</span> <span m='96960'>writing</span> <span m='97280'>things, there's</span> <span m='97770'>like</span> <span m='97920'>other</span> <span m='98390'>ways</span> <span m='98760'>to</span> <span m='98880'>do</span> <span m='99060'>it.</span> <span m='99550'>If</span> <span m='99730'>you</span> <span m='99880'>want</span> <span m='100060'>to</span> <span m='100130'>commit</span> <span m='100510'>to</span> <span m='100760'>the</span> <span m='100880'>life</span> <span m='101200'>of</span> <span m='101270'>being</span> <span m='101460'>a</span> <span m='101510'>journalist,</span> <span m='102130'>like</span> <span m='102390'>wanting</span> <span m='103000'>to</span> <span m='103070'>go</span> <span m='103310'>after</span> <span m='103620'>the</span> <span m='103740'>truth,</span> <span m='104050'>wanting</span> <span m='104280'>to</span> <span m='104370'>explain</span> <span m='104700'>to</span> <span m='104760'>people</span> <span m='105000'>how</span> <span m='105110'>the</span> <span m='105200'>world</span> <span m='105430'>works,</span> <span m='105800'>then</span> <span m='105900'>you</span> <span m='106020'>just</span> <span m='106200'>have</span> <span m='106390'>to</span> <span m='106500'>commit</span> <span m='106830'>to</span> <span m='106930'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='108100'>And</span> <span m='108480'>know</span> <span m='108800'>that</span> <span m='108960'>you're</span> <span m='109070'>going</span> <span m='109170'>to</span> <span m='109210'>have</span> <span m='109400'>to</span> <span m='110360'>sometimes</span> <span m='110760'>not</span> <span m='110830'>make</span> <span m='111040'>a</span> <span m='111100'>lot</span> <span m='111260'>of</span> <span m='111310'>money,</span> <span m='111600'>other</span> <span m='111760'>times</span> <span m='112030'>you'll</span> <span m='112170'>make</span> <span m='112330'>more</span> <span m='112480'>money,</span> <span m='112690'>but</span> <span m='112890'>that's</span> <span m='113120'>just</span> <span m='113290'>sort</span> <span m='113460'>of</span> <span m='114660'>how</span> <span m='114960'>the</span> <span m='115120'>profession</span> <span m='115560'>works.</span> <span m='115970'>As</span> <span m='116070'>you</span> <span m='116200'>move</span> <span m='116470'>up</span> <span m='116690'>in</span> <span m='116810'>these</span> <span m='117020'>sort</span> <span m='117180'>of</span> <span m='118420'>strange</span> <span m='118810'>ways</span> <span m='119240'>and</span> <span m='119370'>you</span> <span m='119760'>take</span> <span m='120080'>every</span> <span m='121400'>opportunity</span> <span m='121690'>that</span> <span m='121980'>comes</span> <span m='122220'>your</span> <span m='122320'>way.</span> <span m='122840'>You</span> <span m='123270'>do</span> <span m='123520'>as</span> <span m='123630'>many</span> <span m='123880'>outside</span> <span m='124250'>projects</span> <span m='124680'>as</span> <span m='124770'>you</span> <span m='124890'>possibly</span> <span m='125300'>can.</span> <span m='125700'>And</span> <span m='125790'>then</span> <span m='127160'>sometime</span> <span m='127580'>later,</span> <span m='127820'>hopefully you</span> <span m='128169'>make</span> <span m='128430'>it.</span> <span m='129060'>And</span> <span m='129199'>it's</span> <span m='129610'>a</span> <span m='129750'>tough</span> <span m='129979'>industry.</span> <span m='131370'>But</span> <span m='131970'>there</span> <span m='132790'>are</span> <span m='132920'>ways</span> <span m='133460'>to</span> <span m='133560'>do</span> <span m='133700'>well</span> <span m='133940'>within</span> <span m='134080'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='134650'>In</span> <span m='134880'>our</span> <span m='135020'>field,</span> <span m='135720'>it</span> <span m='135880'>is</span> <span m='136060'>somewhat</span> <span m='136740'>hard</span> <span m='137000'>to</span> <span m='137070'>find</span> <span m='137350'>work.</span> <span m='138380'>Or</span> <span m='138540'>more</span> <span m='138740'>specifically,</span> <span m='139580'>it's</span> <span m='139770'>hard</span> <span m='139980'>to</span> <span m='140060'>find</span> <span m='140260'>the</span> <span m='140360'>kind</span> <span m='140680'>of</span> <span m='140760'>work</span> <span m='141040'>that</span> <span m='141180'>I</span> <span m='141240'>think</span> <span m='141390'>a</span> <span m='141450'>lot</span> <span m='141620'>of</span> <span m='141670'>people</span> <span m='141930'>want</span> <span m='142100'>to</span> <span m='142170'>do</span> <span m='142380'>in</span> <span m='142480'>journalism.</span> <span m='143520'>I</span> <span m='143620'>think</span> <span m='143720'>a</span> <span m='143820'>lot</span> <span m='143830'>of</span> <span m='143880'>people</span> <span m='144140'>get</span> <span m='144280'>into</span> <span m='144660'>thinking</span> <span m='144930'>that</span> <span m='145130'>they're</span> <span m='145300'>going</span> <span m='145430'>to</span> <span m='145510'>write</span> <span m='146140'>features</span> <span m='146600'>for</span> <span m='146643'><i>The</i></span> <span m='146686'><i>New</i></span> <span m='146730'><i>York</i></span> <span m='146920'><i>Times</i>.</span> <span m='147410'>And</span> <span m='147840'>there's</span> <span m='147990'>all</span> <span m='148120'>kinds</span> <span m='148400'>of</span> <span m='148540'>different</span> <span m='148900'>journalism</span> <span m='149340'>jobs</span> <span m='149760'>and</span> <span m='149870'>very</span> <span m='150100'>few</span> <span m='150310'>of</span> <span m='150380'>them</span> <span m='150560'>involve</span> <span m='150890'>writing</span> <span m='151140'>features</span> <span m='151540'>for</span> <span m='151576'><i>The</i></span> <span m='151613'><i>New</i></span> <span m='151650'><i>York</i></span> <span m='151830'><i>Times.</i></span> </p><p><span m='152450'>For</span> <span m='152680'>me,</span> <span m='153150'>work-life</span> <span m='153680'>balance</span> <span m='154210'>comes</span> <span m='154460'>down</span> <span m='154930'>to</span> <span m='155770'>learning</span> <span m='156080'>how</span> <span m='156220'>to</span> <span m='156300'>shut</span> <span m='156790'>off</span> <span m='156850'>the</span> <span m='157070'>computer</span> <span m='157610'>at</span> <span m='157680'>the</span> <span m='157780'>end</span> <span m='157880'>of</span> <span m='157940'>the</span> <span m='158010'>day.</span> <span m='159110'>I</span> <span m='159330'>happen</span> <span m='159610'>to</span> <span m='159690'>work</span> <span m='159920'>from</span> <span m='160290'>home</span> <span m='160650'>out</span> <span m='160830'>here</span> <span m='161100'>in</span> <span m='161170'>California.</span> <span m='161740'>Our</span> <span m='161880'>offices</span> <span m='162270'>are</span> <span m='162340'>back</span> <span m='162590'>in</span> <span m='162670'>Washington,</span> <span m='163060'>DC,</span> <span m='163970'>so</span> <span m='164080'>I</span> <span m='164180'>start</span> <span m='164490'>work</span> <span m='164700'>at</span> <span m='164800'>6:00 and</span> <span m='165140'>I</span> <span m='165270'>finish</span> <span m='165630'>at</span> <span m='165940'>3:00</span> <span m='166180'>or</span> <span m='166240'>4:00.</span> </p><p><span m='166610'>And</span> <span m='166980'>it's</span> <span m='167240'>so</span> <span m='167450'>easy</span> <span m='168020'>to</span> <span m='168200'>just</span> <span m='168620'>let</span> <span m='168890'>the</span> <span m='168970'>end</span> <span m='169240'>of</span> <span m='169300'>your</span> <span m='169420'>day</span> <span m='169650'>just</span> <span m='169830'>kind</span> <span m='169970'>of</span> <span m='170040'>keep</span> <span m='170280'>going.</span> <span m='170535'>You just</span> <span m='170790'>keep</span> <span m='171010'>getting</span> <span m='171250'>sucked</span> <span m='171600'>back</span> <span m='171880'>into</span> <span m='172060'>the</span> <span m='172150'>computer.</span> <span m='172990'>So</span> <span m='173050'>I</span> <span m='173180'>just</span> <span m='173360'>shut</span> <span m='173670'>it.</span> <span m='173830'>I</span> <span m='173980'>go out side.</span> <span m='174470'>I</span> <span m='174570'>go</span> <span m='174720'>for a</span> <span m='174900'>run.</span> <span m='175200'>I</span> <span m='175250'>go for</span> <span m='175390'>a hike.</span> <span m='175610'>I</span> <span m='176040'>go</span> <span m='176170'>to</span> <span m='176210'>the</span> <span m='176300'>farmer's</span> <span m='176720'>market.</span> <span m='176985'>I</span> <span m='177250'>make dinner</span> <span m='177620'>with</span> <span m='177760'>my</span> <span m='177850'>wife</span> <span m='178135'>and</span> <span m='178420'>my</span> <span m='178560'>baby.</span> <span m='179405'>And</span> <span m='179660'>I</span> <span m='179860'>think</span> <span m='180290'>that's</span> <span m='180890'>what</span> <span m='181480'>it</span> <span m='181570'>is</span> <span m='181830'>for</span> <span m='181970'>me</span> <span m='182180'>is</span> <span m='182830'>while</span> <span m='183720'>I'm</span> <span m='183860'>on,</span> <span m='184120'>I'm</span> <span m='184250'>on.</span> <span m='184610'>And</span> <span m='184780'>while</span> <span m='184910'>I'm</span> <span m='185100'>off,</span> <span m='185280'>I'm</span> <span m='185400'>off.</span> </p>","file":{"id":370915,"video_id":"3324014692001","name":"2213-Alexis-Editor-Reporter-Writer2 In-depth","duration":186875,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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