In her recent article in The Atlantic, “Summer Jobs Programs Aren’t Enough,” Professional Lecturer Amy Merrick explores whether city summer-jobs programs are an effective way to provide long-term employment opportunities for teens and young adults. Her piece includes an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that highlights One Summer Chicago, a local summer-jobs program. Recently, Merrick appeared on WBAL Radio (Baltimore News) to talk more about the story.
Amy Merrick brings extensive reporting experience to her role as lecturer for the Journalism program, including her 11 years as a staff reporter with the Wall Street Journal. According to Merrick, her perspectives as an industry professional help students understand what it's really like to be a journalist.
"Because I still work as a reporter and writer, my students see that everyone faces the same challenges: getting sources to return calls, thinking through ethical issues, and gathering details that vividly and accurately reveal the heart of your story," Merrick says. "Becoming a better journalist is an iterative process that we all share—we apply what we're discussing in the classroom to our stories, then reflect on our experiences and set new goals. The best part is that the learning never ends."
WBAL Interview (Audio)
Listen to Amy Merrick discuss her summer jobs article on WBAL Radio.