Juleyka Lantigua-Williams
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Juleyka Lantigua-Williams
Political Science, Spanish
Current Job:
Founder and CEO at Lantigua Williams & Co.
Current City:
Washington, DC
Internships:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Teach For America, European Parliament
High School:
Walton High School, Bronx, N.Y.
Post Graduation:
Fulbright Scholar, Spain, Gravath, Swaine & Moore, English Teacher, Japan
Athletics:
Volleyball
Activities while at Skidmore:
President, Raices, Senator, SGA Senate, Member, All College Council
Awards:
Young Alumni Achievement Award, Fulbright Scholarship

Quick Pitch

To work in journalism today, you have to be a truly multimedia and multi-platform reporter. You have to write well and on deadline; be able to capture and edit short videos; be able to record and edit sound; and be able to take arresting images of your subjects. So start with the fundamentals of writing and reporting and write as much as possible, even if none of it gets published. But seek out opportunities to be published only if you will be edited. Getting published without the rigors of working with editors defeats the purpose and may make you a weaker writer. Learn how to take good pictures with your phone -- composition, lighting, framing, all that matters in an image-saturated world where your work will be competing for life and death. Teach yourself to edit video and sound. That's it, just do it. Increasingly, a journalist has to be able to work in two or more platforms on a single story, and the more platforms you master, the better your chances of advancing.

Biography

I think I made a decision early in my career that has had the most profound impact on my work. I decided to focus on covering people of color in the U.S. and abroad and sought out opportunities to do so every chance. But that decision never limited me in how I could do my work, as I am fortunate to have worked in magazines, newspapers, book publishing, and now radio.

After 17 years, I can proudly say that remaining focused on issues that impact black and brown people in the U.S. has helped me stand out in my field and has afforded me expertise, a depth of knowledge, and contacts across many industries that enable me to build on the work I have always enjoyed doing. So my advice to novice journalists is to choose something that engages and enrages them, something with which you will struggle and that will also give you unbridled joy. That, and your willingness to adapt to changes in format and platform, will yield a lifetime of learning and growing, which is far better than just a series of jobs or even a ladder-climbing career (But climb you shall!).

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