BY JESSICA SHERWIN
For Erin Kelly, KEMPA alumna, journalism is the only choice. After exploring several media outlets and opportunities, Kelly has made the choice to pursue a career in journalism, specifically a media outlet that does in-depth reporting.
“Although I haven't graduated with a journalism degree, I consider myself a journalist already,” Kelly said. “I am a journalism major because I could never pick just one major, so I choose everything. And that's why I love journalism. It's everything and everyone. I learn something new about someone new with every story I write and there are some amazing topics and people out there.”
Kelly, journalism major and marketing minor at Loyola University Chicago, attended KEMPA Summer Journalism Workshop in 2011.
“The value of what was taught in those classes did not fully set in until after I graduated high school,” Kelly said. “While in high school, I tried to employ a few organizational things I had learned at the camp and some team building activities, but I didn't realize how much fun or important team building can be until later in life. Although I've no desire to be the editor ever again, I strongly believe team building can be as simple as listening to your staff members and learning to collaborate effectively with everyone.”
Since attending KEMPA, Kelly has contributed to three newspapers, including Lakes Community High School’s Talon Times, the College of Lake County’s Chronicle, and the Lake County Suburban Life newspaper.
Kelly hopes to advance in her journalistic career by obtaining an internship, writing for Loyola’s newspaper, The Phoenix, and graduating with as high a GPA as possible. In Kelly’s journalistic experiences so far there have been ups and downs, but she “[values] both the bad and the good moments. That might sound cheesy but I've won two awards for my writing and I wouldn't say those are the greatest moments. I think what makes my journalism career memorable is the compilation of many people. I've worked, learned and interviewed with amazing individuals. They've each helped make me what I am, not one single moment.”
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