Name: Mariana Alfaro
College newspaper: The Daily Northwestern
Where I am now: Incoming James Reston Fellow at The New York Times
The Daily Northwestern has made me who I am as a journalist. I took my first serious steps as a reporter there, met some of my best friends in the world, made errors, learned how to fix them, and had the opportunity to write stories that opened doors in my career.
I know student newsrooms can be flawed. No student newspaper is claiming to be perfect. The Daily is not. But what I’ve found in our tiny newsroom has been a world of learning and support for my career in journalism. The Daily convinced me that journalism is what I want to do in my life, and I’ll forever be grateful to it for all the opportunities it has given me.