MPS Journalism Alum of the Month - August 2012
*Delece Smith-Barrow (G’11)*
Contact Information: Twitter: @DeleceWP, LinkedIn: /delecesmithbarrow
After Delece Smith-Barrow joined the staff of The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/Ps3RwL) in 2008 as a Lifestyles Producer, she decided to head back to school to hone her journalism skills and came to Georgetown. Delece graduated from the Master’s in Journalism program in Fall 2011 and is now working as the Web Editor of The Root DC (http://wapo.st/MD6LQf), a section of The Washington Post for breaking news and commentary about the local African American community. Delece creates and manages an online strategy for the site, writes and edits feature stories (http://wapo.st/NeMnVc) and engages with readers on various social media platforms. Delece shared with us her favorite memories from the program.
1. Tell us how your degree from the Journalism program has helped you in your current job.
I have become a much stronger editor because of my years in the program. In many of my classes I helped edit my classmates’ work; an overwhelming task at times but one I am very grateful for. A year after I started the program, I began to edit copy a few times a day for several different people at work. I would have been less prepared for this job without taking Feature Writing, Journalism of Conscience, Journalism of Identity and other courses.
2. What is your best memory of being in the MPS Journalism program?
My best memory is going to class at the White House. I’ve never been to the White House before. It was a great environment for learning about the White House Press Secretary’s job and his relationship with journalists.
3. What is the last book you’ve read?
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest" by Stieg Larsson (The Hacker and the Hack)
4. Who is your favorite working journalist?
Courtland Milloy (https://twitter.com/courtland51)
5. What one piece of advice would you give current students?
Write as much as you can, and freelance for as many news organizations as you can. You never know which one could be your next employer.