words make a difference: from literary critic to journalist

James Paladino, class of 2012

dining in ItalyAs a freelance writer, editor, and managing editor, I published and coordinated thousands of articles over the past year for the start-up news organization, Latinos Post. In the formative days of the business, I performed editorial surgery with a talented team, redirecting the flow of material, and creating and developing a section on gaming, and live blog coverage for breaking news and events. I've grown with the organization, and encourage responsible reporting from a group of 20 writers, while also negotiating with senior management to provide incentives for feature stories.

Each step along the way of my post-college career, the meaningful discussions I had in my English senior capstone course, Words in the World, inform how I conduct myself and lead others, even when an inkwell of ethical dilemmas blots out my path. An unflinching command of grammar, prose and rhythm will not spare a young journalist from a torrent of words, and often conflicting information sources. Language flows like water, and a strong tide can pull you under murky seas. During the Boston bombing incident, when I was asked to assign a story angle that was premature and misleading, I made my opinion known. I thought back to a conversation in one of my junior seminar sessions on the immortality of the published word, and the responsibility of authorship. Never underestimate the endurance of the words--one slip in editorial integrity could compromise your career.

touring Italy

Including internships with Lowenstein Associates Literary Agency and Oswego County Opportunities, I have two years of professional editorial experience. Words in the World made my first internship possible and provided me with the tools I needed to adapt.

Words are my life, and every consonant has consequence.