Alana Kanasaku-Sarmiento

"Somehow during my senior year in high school, I knew that I was going to major in journalism and it just made sense"

Future Focus


First Steps 

Somehow during my senior year in high school, I knew that I was going to major in journalism…it just made sense.  There was no deliberating, no painful wondering.  I simply knew.  There were so many venues that a journalism degree can feed into, including broadcast, print, or even radio.  I’ve always been a strong public speaker, so broadcast wouldn’t be too bad; writing was always my strongest area in school, so print media was a rather viable option; and I already had over two years of experience in radio, so that was another great path.   

Finding A Pathway

I knew that I wanted to intern at a newspaper the summer after my sophomore year.  When it didn’t work out for me to do it back home in Hawaii, I started looking in the Portland-metro area.  As it turns out, the only publication that had anything for me was the News Times, right in Forest Grove.  The process will depend from place to place, but because the editor

at the News Times is rather relaxed (and because they were eager to add staff!), all it took was a phone call from me to the editor, telling him of my desire to intern.  I organized a meeting with him to discuss goals and share my work.  After some discussion, it was official: I was their summer intern. The more time passes, the more I realize how important it was that I worked for a newspaper before graduating.  It was also good that I started out at a small weekly, just to build up experience.  I discovered that sitting inside for too long only made me antsy, which made me half as productive as I could’ve been.  I am definitely looking for a reporting job that would possibly have me out and about more often…I’m interested in photojournalism. However, the skills that I did learn are all valuable and directly relatable to my major and any job I may pursue after graduation. 


Contact as many options/people/business as possible.  The more you have to choose from, the more likely you’ll find just the right one. 

Class of 2010


Posted by Career Development Center ( on May 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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