By Brianne Kimmel
2006 Visual Journalism grad credits Kent State Student Media for Success in multi-faceted role
Galletta’s journalism involvement extended beyond working for the Daily Kent Stater and the Burr, as an intern at the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Akron Beacon Journal and the Herald News in Joliet, IL. She proactively started her professional career well before graduation. “Of course the education [at Kent State] is excellent, but hands-on experience was even more beneficial,” Galletta said.
Galletta started at the Chicago Tribune upon graduation in Aug. 2006, “my lucky break really came during my internship the previous summer at the Herald-News, someone from the Tribune really liked my work,” Galletta said “getting your foot in the door at any newspaper takes diligence, but it’s possible.”
As a photo editor/designer at the Tribune, she has many roles from serving as the Metro Pic editor to producing Tribune Pictures of the Day, a year-old feature Galletta began producing in November.
Galletta says her introduction to multimedia at Kent State positioned her to start video editing. “This new role keeps me well-rounded and motivated… it’s actually my favorite job at the Tribune,” said Galletta “as the media continues to move more online, I’m prepared.”
As more news sources like the Chicago Tribune create hybrid positions, photographers with multimedia and audio experience will stand out. Galletta recommends “differentiating yourself as a journalist, find your passion and tell your story.” Demonstrate your vision to employers, “if you’re interested in foster care showcase it in your work. If it’s newsworthy, even better.” Journalists with a higher level of thinking and personal intellectual interest will really excel in any role.
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Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.