Caitlin Giddens, News-Editorial
Caitlin GiddensInterviewed by Brooke Bailey, Christina Krenek, Valeri Smith, and Amanda Tolentino
Caitlin Giddens, a junior from Tyler, is a News Editorial student. Giddens is heavily involved with all things journalism. She is the president of Baylor's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the chapter correspondent for her sorority. She has worked for BSCENE Magazine, Round Up, The Baylor Lariat and most recently, Wacoan magazine.
Q: What is your position at the Wacoan and what do you do specifically?
A: I have served as editorial intern at WACOAN for one year. I write feature stories each month, assist in sales and coordinate photography. I also work closely with Editor Michelle Johnson in office duties and social media.
Q: How long have you been working there and what's the coolest story you've worked on?
A: Since May 2011. In August, I was privileged to write the cover story for the Education Issue called "Class of 2011." I interviewed more than 40 local students to compile the four-page spread. Another one of my favorite stories comes out in April, and features a woman who is working to start the Waco Arts Alliance. This story inspired me because we discussed how she balances this community involvement, her job with Baylor and a family. I love this internship because it allows me to interview some great people, from grade school kids to accomplished Wacoans.
Q: What have you learned while working at the Wacoan and how has that contributed to your educational experience at Baylor?
A: It's important for young journalists to realize how much they don't know. This internship has taught me how to act professionally and efficiently in the business world. I have worked to embrace each project at WACOAN, no matter how unglamorous. And by doing so, I've learned about every aspect of the magazine industry. This internship has added to what I've learned from Baylor University because now I can apply my writing and designing skills to reality. There's no better feeling than seeing a new issue of the WACOAN and knowing you had your hands different aspects of the publication.