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Launch Student News

By Victoria Feng
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Lyz Lenz

Launch Student News

Lyz Lenz

Launch Student News

Lyz Lenz
From her early days as an occasional opinion writer for her high school's student paper, Lyz Lenz has never shied away from speaking her mind. In the last few years, her freelance writing career has risen dramatically, with bylines in the Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post, and Glamour. Lyz's work, which constitutes both reported pieces and personal essays, focuses on feminism, religion, the Midwest, and everything in between. Her book, Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women, was published in August 2020.
November 18, 2020
Chloe Angyal
 In this week's Launch Student News interview, Victoria talks with Chloe Angyal, freelance journalist and Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.
October 21, 2020
Rebecca Jennings
While writing for her high school newspaper, The Goods by Vox reporter Rebecca Jennings fell in love with journalism, specifically about culture, an interest she has carried on in her college days at NYU and her current role as a columnist for the "This Week in TikTok" roundup. She shares some of her tips and tricks, such as being on TikTok and Twitter for hours every day so she can get the latest scoop, but also encourages student journalists to move beyond merely covering news; instead, they should bring in outside sources to do a thoughtful analysis of what's happening in our world today.
September 16, 2020
Kim Kelly
After getting experience at her high school newspaper, Kim Kelly was able to land her first professional byline in the local newspaper at only 15. Since then, Kim has continued pursuing love of journalism, fusing it with her other passions such as heavy metal and labor. She currently writes a labor column for Teen Vogue and is a contributor to the Baffler. She’s also written for publications including the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, the New Republic, and the New York Times. Her book, Fight Like Hell, which is about the history of labor movements in the U.S., is set to release in 2022.
September 09, 2020
Nicole Clark
For Nicole Clark, a contributing editor at Catapult and freelance journalist, pursuing journalism was always a "pipe dream"- writing was something she had been passionate about since childhood, but she worried about the career path's instability and believed she would major in economics or communications. During her time at Yale, Nicole realized the classes she were most drawn to was her creative writing ones and she gave herself a two-month trial period to pursue journalism. Fast forward to today, Nicole has continued her love of creative nonfiction by writing numerous personal essays about and editing essays at Catapult. She's also written for publications including the New York Times, Vox, New York Magazine, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
September 02, 2020
AC Shilton
While working in an advertising position, AC Shilton realized her true passion wasn't in marketing, but rather journalism. She started off by submitting freelancing story ideas to her company, building up clips and experience as she went. Despite obstacles such as being denied a staff writing job because she didn't have a journalism degree, AC continued working hard, creating a list of dream publications and poring intensively through the publications' website to get a better understanding of their writing style. Today, she's written for places like Outside Magazine (where she serves as a food and drink columnist), the New York Times, and Men's Health and appeared in the Netflix docuseries The Innocent Man. She shares some of her best tips for student journalists in this week’s Launch Student News episode.
August 26, 2020
Adrienne LaFrance
During March 2020, The Atlantic was able to gain over 36,000 new subscriptions thanks in part to special projects and in-depth reporting The Atlantic is famous for. Adrienne LaFrance, the executive editor of the magazine, discusses some of her favorite articles including the June cover story she wrote, "The Prophecies of Q.” From her early days as an undergraduate student at Michigan State University to her current position, Adrienne has been passionate about telling important stories. She shares some of her best tips for student journalists in this week’s Launch Student News episode.
August 19, 2020
Liz Landau
In this week's career interview, Victoria talks with NASA Senior Communications Specialist and freelance journalist Liz Landau about how Liz was able to combine her love of science and journalism, started writing for the Harvard Crimson in high school, and how she's been able to balance both her career at NASA and freelance writing.
August 12, 2020
Ed Yong
In this week’s career interview, Victoria talks with The Atlantic science writer Ed Yong about how he got started in the journalism industry, advice for high school journalists, and the future of the journalism industry.
August 05, 2020
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