SPJ Georgia member Sam Sachs graduated from Columbus State University in May 2017, where he wrote extensively for the school newspaper, The Saber. Willis’ questions are below, followed by Sachs’ answers (interview edited for length and clarity).
1. Why did you decide to join the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists?
I decided to join the Georgia chapter of SPJ for connections to the real world press, as well as to simply expand my network. SPJ has a lot of great resources for both new journalists and veteran reporters, and not being involved would be a wasted opportunity.
2. You recently graduated from Columbus State University. What did you major in and what were the most valuable journalism experiences you had at CSU? What brought you to Atlanta after graduation?
I majored in English/Creative Writing and minored in English/Professional Writing. The most valuable journalistic experiences I had at CSU were delving into investigative reporting while looking into Title IX cases, and learning how to complete documents requests and do complex, lengthy interviews. The most valuable aspect of the experience though was learning what it means to do good journalism; it’s all about giving our communities the truth, no matter what, and letting them make informed decisions. Ignorance saves no one.
I came back to Atlanta partly to be closer to my family, and partly to be in an area much better for jumping into the journalistic field. Atlanta’s a huge metropolitan area with dozens of local publications and giants like the AJC side by side. I really wanted a chance to join the journalism community on a professional level and Atlanta’s my home, so it was a perfect next move when I graduated.
To read Sam Sach’s complete spotlight link HERE.
SPJ Georgia board member and freelance journalist Haisten Willis interviewed Sachs for October’s membership spotlight.