Meet Contemporary Media, Inc.: Alexandra Pusateri
Meet Alexandra Pusateri: Editorial Intern, Memphis Flyer
1. What does your position entail? As an editorial intern, I get to write articles about Memphis in the way Flyer readers expect, which is fantastic since I was a Flyer fan even before I started working here!
2. How did you get into this industry and what insight can you give someone interested in this industry that is journalism? I started out just writing. It didn’t matter what it was. In fact, I was originally going to attend the University of Memphis for creative writing and my parents actually brought up the idea of journalism. It just fit.
Being in journalism is amazing and fulfilling if you love it. You have to. Journalism isn’t about the money; it’s a passionate career. You need to love to write while trying to constantly get better and working hard. Reading the news is crucial as a journalist — a programmer doesn’t become a programmer without reading code that others have written.
3. On an off day from work, you will find me ... rewatching The Office for the millionth time or going to a Grizzlies game.
4. What is number one on your Memphis bucket list? I still have never had a Jerry’s Sno Cone. I feel like it’s a cardinal sin in these Memphis summers, but somehow, it’s just never happened! This year is the one, though.
5. How long have you worked here? Give me a little detail behind your response. I’ve been an editorial intern at the Flyer since September 2013. Because the publication has rolling internships, even getting an interview for the paper is competitive. Before my interview, there had been only two openings for interns during my tenure at the University of Memphis that I had even heard about. I jumped on the chance after one of my favorite professors told me about the internship.
6. What do you think makes the Flyer different from other publications? One of my favorite things about the Flyer, and has been for a long time, is the overall positivity in the paper. “Bad news” is not ever swept under the rug, but covering what’s going on in Memphis includes all things — weird news, culture, quirky things, or organizations. Crime seems to take a forefront in other publications when Memphis is, and can be, about so much more.
The Flyer is also a pro-Oxford comma publication — a stance of which I am strongly supportive. (I get a lot of flak from other journalist friends.)
7. When did you know? When did you know that you loved words and wanted to use them to tell people a story? When I was in the fifth grade, I started my own newspaper. I created the entire thing from scratch, editorials and all. I handed out the one-pager (front and back, of course) in front of my school. I remember being really proud of myself — it had columns, headlines, all made in old-school Microsoft Word.
It took me being reminded of that as an adult by my parents to realize that journalism was what I was meant to do. I can’t see myself doing anything else, and it feels good knowing.
8. Tell me anything else interesting about yourself. Your favorite book, movie, part about working here, your dog’s ridiculous name, anything! I went through a half-quarter-life crisis, packed up everything, and moved to Los Angeles when I was 18 after my freshman year in college. Just to make ends meet, I landed a job as a production assistant. I worked on two feature films and some short films altogether, earning me an IMDb page.
It was an amazing experience, learning about that industry and living in a huge city. It helped me become a better reporter in the end.