'Voices couldn’t have come at a more meaningful time in my life'
2017 Student Testimonial: Peregrine Frissell
The opportunity to take part in Voices couldn’t have come at a more meaningful time in my life.
Like many young journalists, I did not anticipate how difficult my first year out of school would be. My Voices project provided continuity and stability, both in terms of the long-term nature of the reporting project and in the valuable relationship I cultivated with an editor actively working as a reporter himself.
I honed more skills through hands-on coaching during the reporting process than I ever received. I knew getting to go to the convention was a privilege, but I never would have guessed that its value would be dwarfed by the relationships I formed with my fellow reporters, editors and mentors.
I’d recommend Voices to any student because it provides an unparalleled opportunity to do in-depth, meaningful journalism in a way in which many entry-level jobs cannot compete. It also provides an opportunity to experiment with storytelling in a different way, and the chance to glean that insight at such an early point in a career was invaluable.
Promoting myself at networking events has never been a strong suit of mine, but the supportive environment of the AAJA convention and the encouragement from my mentors helped me learn to advocate for myself in ways that felt meaningful and genuine. It may not have as much to do with reporting, but I have no doubt the skill will continue to reap benefits throughout my professional career.