The next generation of journalists graduated in 2020 into a challenging job market unlike any other. We spotlighted them last summer, shared advice from their role models, and are checking in with them to see where they are now and what they’re learning about journalism.
Name: Anna Ta
School: Rice University
Current job: Upcoming internship, NPR
Best moment in journalism: Covering the Twin Cities’ Hmong community
Where are you working right now?
Ta: I just wrapped up an internship with the Houston Press, partnered with the Google News Initiative. I committed to an internship with NPR for the spring that I’m very excited about!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned on the job search?
Ta: The pandemic, for all the ways it’s complicated life, has also given us opportunities to respond to it in new and interesting ways in our work. Using those moments to showcase your strengths is a valuable tool in the job search!
What’s been your best moment in journalism since graduation?
Ta: I produced a video on a generational divide among the Twin Cities’ Hmong community in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death with BuzzfeedNews that I’m very proud of.
Have your journalism goals changed since graduation, and if so how?
Ta: My internships have allowed me to see different parts of journalism. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to understand what audience engagement work is and how important it is to the mission of journalism.
How are you taking care of yourself and staying motivated right now?
Ta: Developing hobbies and finding ways to express myself creatively outside of work!