Today’s Shero Spotlight is my good friend Molly Schramm! Molly and I have been studying together at Ohio University for the past four years, and I’ve watched her grow into an incredibly confident and talented journalist. From starting as a staff writer at our campus newspaper to progressing to her current role as editor-in-chief, Molly is going to do big things in the industry and I’m so excited to have her on the blog today!
When did you first become interested in journalism?
I think it was the end of my sophomore year of high school, maybe the beginning of my junior year. I did an English project on a career I wanted to do and it was journalism and basically from there on, it was just something I wanted to do.
What drew you to journalism for that project?
I’ve always just liked storytelling, and I feel like journalism at the root of it is just storytelling. I love reading and I love writing and that’s basically all journalism is; it’s storytelling and writing, and just getting to learn about other people’s stories and lives. I think it’s just something I’ve always been passionate about and the fact that you can do it as a job just really drew me in.
What prompted you to join The Post?
I definitely looked around at all of the publications and stuff and a lot of them drew my attention, but I knew when I came to college, I wanted to do entertainment journalism. At The Post, there was a section called Blogs at the time and they let you do album reviews and film reviews and it just seemed really fun. Alex Darus, who was the editor section at the time, was really outgoing and really inviting and I think the people at The Post really drew me in and that’s what made me stay there.
What roles have you previously held at The Post?
My freshman year when it was called Blogs, I was a blog writer and I wrote album reviews and film reviews and I also wrote for the culture section. Then my sophomore year, I was the assistant blog editor with Georgia Davis as the blogs editor above me and together we turned Blogs into The Beats. So, we sort of rebranded the entire section and made it seem more professional than the usual first person blog concept. My junior year, once Georgia graduated, I took over as The Beat editor, and I ran the entire section. Now in my senior year, I’m editor-in-chief of the entire publication.
What inspired you to apply for editor-in-chief?
I’ve always sort of been drawn to leadership roles. I think I’m a really outgoing person and throughout my entire college career, I’ve been at The Post, I love The Post and it’s helped shape me as a journalist. I think anyone that’s ever interested in being editor-in-chief or who is editor-in-chief just wants to help the paper out, they want to leave their legacy at, so I think that’s just how I sort of went into it. It just felt right.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a journalist thus far?
My biggest accomplishments have been in my senior year of high school. I created a music website for my senior capstone project and I wrote about bands. As a senior in high school, I had no idea what I was doing. I look back at the stuff I wrote and physically cringe at it because it was not good. But, I got to do some cool things; I got to interview bands, I got press releases and press kits and that’s not something every senior in high school gets to experience.
What has been your biggest obstacle and how have you learned to overcome it?
In the way being EIC is one of my biggest accomplishments, it’s also a challenge. It’s not something you can necessarily prepare for. I came from being The Beat editor and I wrote primarily entertainment stuff for The Beat and a little bit of culture stuff, but now I’m helping oversee a new staff — the sports staff, the photo staff, all of these sections I’m not really familiar with — and even now, months into it, I’m still learning every day. There’s still challenges I face and things I could be doing better, so it’s just one of those things where it’s like, I was prepared for it and I’m confident in my role yet I still face challenges all the time.
What are your long-term goals as a journalist?
I would love to work in entertainment journalism, specifically music journalism. I’d love to work for Billboard or Variety or Entertainment Weekly. My favorite is Vulture from New York Magazine; I would love to be a staff writer or editor there. But, I want to just work in entertainment journalism, and continue to write about the things I’m passionate about.
What advice would you give to aspiring female journalists?
Show initiative. I think that seems like a given but nothing in the journalism industry will get handed to you. You’ve got to show initiative, and that goes for really everyone; young girls, young men, anyone really. You just have to show initiative, you actually have to show drive. You have to. Just continue to learn and continue to do things that help you and that should drive you.