One of the most difficult, competitive and ever shrinking professions is local journalism. With the rise of social media, blogs, fake news and YouTube— competing for viewer/reader interest is incredibly difficult. But there are a few courageous souls out there who still love local stories and news and want to share the greatness of their local community in print and online.
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Claire McArthur is a local journalist in Salt Lake City who has worked for several newspapers, magazines and who says she has known since before she entered college that her dream was to be a local journalist and to write for magazines and newspapers. For McArthur, all of the ancillary positions such as Public Relations, content marketer or blogger just don’t compare to going out and finding great stories to share; as well as being paid to satisfy her natural curiosity and questions about the world around her.
McArthur was on the Hidden Utah Podcast (AKA The Utah Stories Show) with Richard Markosian talking about her career path and how and why she believes she made the right move sticking to her passion for local journalism. She discusses the path she has taken and how she ended up in Utah.
Starting out working in a remote outpost in Alaska, then moving to a far more populated city in Lake Tahoe, Claire has traveled with her skillset always finding clever ways to approach editors to get assignments. Her skill is in not only finding stories but also articulating the color, quirks and details as well as finding the angle, treatment and hook to maintain reader interest.
If you are interested in how creative professionals maintain their career integrity and don’t settle for inferior jobs or professions this is a great podcast to check out.
Also, read some of Claire’s stories that she has written for Utah Stories found below.
Whitewater Rafting in Cataract Canyon
Best Pit Stops en route to Moab
Sculpture Memorializes a Man and His Mission in Sugar House
New Faces in Salt Lake Places
Graphic Designers Rebrands Salt Lake City’s Neighborhoods
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