This week’s featured media mogul in the making is rising editor, host and writer, Amy Lothian. Lothian’s latest interview with recording artist and reality TV star AZIA for We Are Jersey Magazine is the curator’s best work yet! Get to know Amy and her professional journey below.
You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?
“I’ve been interested in journalism since I was young. My dad loved to read and that’s something he passed down to me: a love for reading, writing, and literature. I have been writing my whole life but my passion for journalism was inspired by a desire to tell unique stories and share other peoples stories in a meaningful way and in my own style.”
How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“Writing was at first just a hobby and outlet for me as child. I first got interested in Media by watching early 2000s talk and news shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show. Later, seeing women like Lala and Tyra Banks making waves in reality tv showed me the potential for black women in media and inspired me to pursue a career in journalism. Throughout my schooling, I kept my skills sharp by taking any writing course I was eligible for and entering several writing competitions. In college I majored in Communications at East Stroudsburg University and also served as Editor of the University’s newspaper, The Stroud Courier for 2 years.”
Tell us how you built up your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“I hardly consider myself to have a platform, but I’ve built a solid foundation for myself as a writer by consistently building my resume. Most of my writing opportunities have come from putting myself out there and just taking a risk in promoting myself. My goal is to tell authentic stories and show the human elements of people in ways that inspire those that read them. I’ve always been interested in entertainment media and most of my writing now is in line with that, features of events, people, businesses, and projects, but with a personal touch. My audience is people who like to read and learn about those making waves around them.”
So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“My biggest personal media moment has been he opportunity to write for WeAreJersey magazine and this feature! I’m honored to be recognized for doing what I’m passionate about as I grow as a writer and a professional in the entertainment field.”
What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“Everyone says this but you really just have to believe in yourself. Keep your mind open new to opportunities and be flexible with your career path. Things may not always go to your plan but it doesn’t mean they won’t work out. Always work hard, network, and give 100% to everything you do.”
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