The Deadline Club is an amazing resource for both established and emerging journalists. The organization has allowed me to connect with different people in the business, expanding my network and my knowledge of the industry. Not to mention the $2,500 scholarship the Deadline Club granted me my senior year of college, not only validating the work I did all those years reporting across New York City, but allowing me to pay down some of my loans. I’m so looking forward to attending a future Deadline Club event and meeting even more members.
I must begin by explaining what a tremendous impact the Deadline Club had on my future. Earning enough money to finish my Master’s degree at Columbia University during the pandemic was quite difficult. The $2,500 scholarship eased that burden somewhat. In addition, the hands-on training in public speaking and moderation gave me the lifetime gift of these skills. Thanks to the Deadline Club, I networked with like-minded students pursuing journalism nationwide. I now serve as an SPJ student trustee council member.
Over the course of the last few months, I’ve attended multiple events hosted by the Deadline Club. It’s always great to learn from experienced people within the field, and the event with WNYC’s [former] internship manager, Richard Yeh, was no different. He offered great advice on landing internships—such as “write your cover letter as if it is the first byline for your new editor,” and tips on how to conduct yourself in an interview. Shortly after this event, I interviewed for—and ended up landing—an internship with the Brian Lehrer Show!