Atlanta journalists encourage students to follow their passions

This is an excerpt of an article that appeared in KSU News Now about a SPJ Kennesaw State student chapter hosted event

By Austin McMillan

KENNESAW, GEORGIA.– Ellen Eldridge said she first realized her love for journalism when she was an intern at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Eldridge, now a breaking news reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was the only reporter in the newsroom when news broke about Justin Ross Harris leaving his toddler in a hot car. Eldridge said she was the first reporter on the scene that day, earning the scoop even as an intern.

Nick and Ellen
CNN correspondent Nick Valencia and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ellen Eldridge were two of the speakers at the “Get the Scoop” event hosted by the SPJ Kennesaw State student chapter. Photo by Austin McMillan

Eldridge was one of four journalists at “Get the Scoop”, an event hosted by the Kennesaw State University Society of Professional Journalists and the  Atlanta Press Club Tuesday.

Miguel Santiesteban, president of the Kennesaw State University SPJ chapter, led the panel of journalists through a series of questions that gave insight into why they became journalists and what kept them in the industry.

In addition to Eldridge, a KSU alumna, the panel included CNN correspondent Nick Valencia, WABE reporter Lisa Hagen and freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker.

The panelists encouraged student journalists who are undecided about a full-time career in journalism to first start writing for their school newspaper. Wicker said it is a good way to find out what you’re passionate about while also getting some experience.

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