Extra! Extra! podcast hosts Caitlyn Kelleher and Joy Richard take a moment to interview one another in an effort to find out why each was inspired to make way into journalism and what drives them as writers and reporters.
Caitlyn and Joy are the hosts of Wicked Local's newest podcast, Extra! Extra! a podcast that dives deeper into the world of community journalism, what drives editors, reporters and what makes local journalism important and special to the communities each publication represents.
Kelleher was the first sit down and open up about her career during the first installment of our Getting to Know Your Host, series. She speaks about what inspires her as a journalist and also gave insight into what she does with her time outside of the newsroom.
During her interview, Caitlyn said at first journalism was a means of getting out of her shell. As a shy middle school student, she said it was hard to reach out to her peers and having the ability to ask questions as a reporter would hopefully give her the confidence she was looking for.
Caitlyn said as the years passed and she became more involved in her high school's student publication she was hooked. With that said, she figured her foray into writing may end at graduation.
"I like learning. I always have," said Caitlyn, adding that reporting has turned that passion into a journey as a life-long-learner. "By the time I was done with high school, I thought, 'I am done with this. I am not going to do it anymore. I am good.' Then I went to college and I didn't know anybody. So, I figured, 'Alright, let's try the student newspaper.' I thought I would try it for a week or two, meet a few people. Four years later I was graduating, I was the managing editor, and I was looking for jobs in journalism."
Listen to this first full episode and subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play. And if you aren't a podcast listener, don't worry - you will be able to find each new episode here on wickedlocal.com/topics/Extra!Extra!-podcast. Keep an eye out for our second installment of our Getting to Know Your Host series where Richard talks about her love for reporting.
Listen now to this week's episode:
New episodes will be released each week on Monday. Throughout the week follow Caitlyn Kelleher on Twitter, @CMKelleher, and reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers and listener can find Joy Richard on Twitter, @ExtraExtraJoy, and by email at email@example.com
Don't forget to follow all of Wicked Local at @WickedLocal and wickedlocal.com