Meet Emily Hopkins, environment reporter

Emily Hopkins member portrait

Emily Hopkins joined the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild to have a seat at the table as journalists adjust to the changing industry. Photo by Michelle Pemberton.

The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild is running brief profiles of its members. In today’s post: Meet Emily Hopkins, a database reporter covering the environment for The Star.

1) Why are you in the union?

The news business has changed so much in the last couple of decades, and being part of the union makes me feel like I will have a seat at the table rather than just waiting for something to happen.

2) What could newsroom management do to be more friendly to journalists?

Speaking of newsrooms in general, workers should have more of a voice in a company’s direction. We are the closest link that newsrooms have to the communities we cover, and we can contribute valuable ideas for how to capture audience attention and readership.

3) What should they stop doing?

Cutting staff!

4) Name one journalist who inspires you to do your job every day.

Honestly, I am so inspired by so many of my colleagues at the Star. From the team who uncovered the USA Gymnastics scandal to the statehouse reporters to our public safety team to — well I could name just about everyone.

5) What is one piece of career advice you’d give to a young journalist just starting out?

Be nice and be helpful. It costs nothing and people will remember you for your kindness and that time you helped them solve a problem.

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